A man has died from injuries sustained in a Jessamine County crash on Thursday. A deputy responding to the scene of an accident was also injured while responding to the crash.
Crews responded to a three-car accident just before 11 a.m. Thursday on Ky. 169, just west of Nicholasville, near Paddock Drive. We're told a westbound BMW, driven by Christina Kunitsa, 17, of Nicholasville, crossed the center line and struck an eastbound car head on. It was being driven by Thomas Hurley, 71, of Nicholasville. We're told the BMW then hit an eastbound car driven by Ruth Collins, 35, of Nicholasville. That van had two children in it. Hurley was taken to UK Hospital with serious injuries. He was the only one injured.
The Jessamine County Sheriff's Office was later notified by the Fayette County Coroner's Office that Hurley died at UK Hospital.
We're told an emergency vehicle was backing up when one of the deputies, Sgt. Larry Oliver, was hit. Officials say this is always a risk when so many crews are in one area.
"You have vehicles responding from multiple agencies, EMS, fire and sheriff, and it becomes sometimes a chaotic scene with all the vehicles trying to get there," says Chief Deputy Allen Peel, with Jessamine County Sheriff's Office.
The deputy was taken to St. Joseph in Jessamine County. He has since been released.
The Jessamine County Sheriff's Office says this is the fifth fatal crash the office has worked since December 2012.