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One driver behind four crashes in 24 hour window

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

Somerset police say they have their hands full after four cars are hit in several accidents on U.S. 27, in less than 24-hours.

The problem? The same driver is believed to be behind all of them.

"It's quite rare that something like this has taken place over two different days involving four separate vehicles," said Lt. Shannon Smith of the Somerset Police Department.

WKYT has decided not to release the driver's name, at this time, because he has not been charged or cited for the accidents.

However, this isn't a case of D.U.I. police say the driver was given a field sobriety test and gave no indication of being under any influence.

"That did not seem to be the case," said Lt. Smith.

The first accident happened at Bourbon Road on U.S. 27, at 3:30 on Tuesday afternoon, that's when the male driver rear ended another car. The other driver was taken to the hospital for back injuries, said Lt. Smith.

Just a short distance away, the same driver caused another crash, but this time he fled the scene.

"A short time after clearing that scene, those same patrol officers received a report that a vehicle matching the [same] description was involved in a second accident," recalled Lt. Smith.

Fast forward to 8:30, Wednesday morning, and the same driver is said to have hit another car at U.S. 27 and Kit Cowan Road. From there, police say he swerved across the intersection, side-swiped another car, then drove away.

He didn't get far. "He struck a ditch and some additional highway signs and that ended up disabling the vehicle by removing one of the wheels," described Lt. Smith.

The accidents may be cleared, but the mystery behind this chain of events is unlike anything the police have ever seen. Lt. Smith called the whole thing bizarre.

The driver was contacted and he declined to go on camera, but did claim he passed out behind the wheel at those accidents. He went on to call the whole thing a nightmare.

Police say they will take this case to the county attorney to decide if charges are necessary.

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