KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Tragic Week on Kentucky Roadways (April 28 - May 4)
Date of News Release: 05/05/08
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that fifteen people died in twelve separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Apr. 28 through Sunday, May 4, 2008.
Ten of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and five of those victims were not wearing seat belts. There were three double-fatality motor vehicle crashes that occurred in Bullitt, Greenup and Livingston counties.
There were two ATV fatalities and both of those victims were not wearing helmets. The fatalities occurred in Knott and Magoffin counties and one was the result of the suspected use of alcohol. One pedestrian fatality occurred in Pulaski county. A bicycle fatality was reported in Jefferson county.
A bus crash occurred in Pendleton county, killing sixteen year old Daniel Wood of Falmouth. The crash occurred on Ky. 22 at Ballinger road when a dump truck crossed the double yellow line hitting the side and back of the bus.
Single-fatality crashes occurred in Christian and Lyon counties.
Through May 4, preliminary statistics* indicate that 236 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 37 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 193 motor vehicle fatalities, 126 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 17 motorcycle fatalities, eleven were not wearing helmets. Twenty-two pedestrians have been killed. Three fatalities involved ATV's and one involved a bicycle. A total of 46 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.