Georgetown Police up patrols after two fatal accidents in one area

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT)- Drivers travelling along the bypas in Georgetown can expect to see many more patrol cars cracking down on folks running red lights.

"I see 'em run it every morning," explained Paul Duncan, who says he often sees folks running red lights along the bypass. "Every morning at least two or three people."

Duncan runs a mail route and says the red light running isn't limited to the bypass. He says he sees it just about everywhere he turns.

"I've almost been hit several times," Duncan explained, while pointing out where he regularly turns onto the bypass.

Duncan says of particular concern to him is this intersection where police say Vicky Lynch was t-boned Friday afternoon by Tyler Knuepell. Knuepell was behind the wheel of a church bus and visiting Georgetown from Wisconsin as a ministry student.

A day later police were called several hundred feet from that accident scene to another. That's where they say Johnny Allen ran a red light and another car slammed into him. The accident killed his passenger 28-year-old Phillip Burgess, Junior.

"People are just so caught up in what they're doing, and what they're going to do that it's just inattention," explained Sgt. Todd Stone of the Georgetown Policedepartment.

Stone says as a department, Georgetown typically investigates just two fatal accidents a year. But he says they have seen a number of drivers running red lights and they'll putting the brakes on that more than ever before.

"I think it's a matter of doing a more targeted patrol," he said.

Allen is charged with Driving under the influence and manslaughter. Knuepell is charged with reckless homicide.

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