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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eleven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Apr. 14 through Apr. 20)

Date of News Release: 04/21/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that eleven people died in ten separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Apr. 14 through Sunday, Apr. 20, 2008.

Nine of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles. Six of the victims were not wearing seat belts.

One fatality involved a motorcycle that occurred in Hardin county. The motorcyclist was exiting the Natcher Parkway onto southbound I-65 when he lost control of his Harley Davidson motorcycle with sidecar. After the motorcycle lost control, it struck a semi-truck before coming to a rest. Those on the motorcycle included a man, his son and the man's girlfriend. The man and his son walked away uninjured but the woman was killed in the crash. None of the victims were wearing helmets.

A fatal ATV crash occurred in Warren county and the driver was not wearing a helmet.

Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bracken, Carter, Graves, Leslie, Lyon, Warren and Whitley counties. A double-fatality crash occurred on KY 210 in Taylor county.

The fatality in Bracken county was the result of a motor vehicle collision with a railroad train on Mary Ingles Highway in Mt. Olivet.

Through April 20, preliminary statistics* indicate that 209 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 17 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 175 motor vehicle fatalities, 115 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 13 motorcycle fatalities, eight were not wearing helmets. Twenty pedestrians have been killed. A total of 43 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

*These statistics are still preliminary as KSP waits for all local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas.

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