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Man who lost family in Christmas Eve wreck still searches for answers

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - He lost his family in a deadly wreck on Christmas Eve last year. A Central Kentucky man is talking publicly for the first time.

For almost a year now, Scott Caldwell has been trying to get answers about the man accused of driving drunk and killing himself and Caldwell's father, mother, sister, and brother-in-law in the crash in Knox County.

Caldwell still thinks about his family often.

"I've run from sad to angry to mad to feeling sorry for myself, you name it," he says.

He lost his mother, father, sister, and brother-in-law Christmas Eve. Kentucky State Police say David Vanderpool, driving drunk on Highway 25 East in Knox County, slammed into the car carrying Caldwell's parents, Gary and Patricia Caldwell, and their daughter Julia and son-in-law Brent Robinson. A 31-year-old Vanderpool had faced more than 30 charges in seven years. He was out on parole at the time of the tragedy.

"A lot of things that happened should not have happened. Should he have been out of jail? Probably not. Should he have been on the street? Most definitely not," says Caldwell, who is still waiting for a full police report.

"I just do not want to see this happen to anyone else. There's no reason for four people to be taken any time let alone Christmas Eve in the manner they were taken."

He has created a charity in his sister and brother-in-law's honor. He's also working on a college scholarship fund in their name.


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