KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Six Highway Deaths on Kentucky Roads Last Week (March 16 - March 22)
Date of News Release: 03/23/09
(Frankfort, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that six people died in five separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22, 2009.
Three of the crashes involved motor vehicles and two of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Jefferson and Laurel counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Laurel county crash.
A double-fatality crash occurred in Christian county. Ms. Trisha Apte was operating a 2006 Honda Civic eastbound on I-24 in Christian County. Mr. Andrew F. Young was operating a 2006 Ford Taurus and was traveling westbound. For an unknown reason Ms. Apte's vehicle ran off into the sunken grass median and entered the westbound traffic. Ms. Apte's vehicle then struck Mr. Young's vehicle on the driver's side. Mr. Young was pronounced dead at the scene by the Christian County Coroner. Ms. Apte was life-flighted to Vanderbilt University Hospital. At 10:33 P.M. Ms. Apte was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Hospital.
Two fatal motorcycle crashes occurred in Mason and Warren counties. One crash involved the suspected use of alcohol. Neither victim was wearing a helmet.
Through March 22, preliminary statistics* indicate that 133 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is twenty-five fewer than reported for the same time period in 2008. Of the 117 motor vehicle fatalities, 70 victims were not wearing seat belts. Eight pedestrians have been killed. Seven fatalities involved a motorcycle and one fatality involved an ATV. A total of thirty-one 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.