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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Thirteen Highway Deaths on Kentucky Roads Last Week (March 23 - March 29)

Date of News Release: 03/30/09

(Frankfort, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that thirteen people died in thirteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29, 2009.

Twelve of the crashes involved motor vehicles and seven of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Cumberland, Gallatin, Grayson, Hardin, Harlan (2), Jefferson, Knott, Knox, Pendleton, Pulaski, and Whitley counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in four of the crashes.

The ATV crash occurred on Six Mile Creek Road approximately 2 miles from Woods Pike Road in Pleasureville, Henry County Kentucky. Kentucky State Police as well as fire and EMS responded to the scene and found that an ATV had lost control while trying to make a left turn and impacted a tree. The driver, Gabrielle Couch, 19 year old white male from Pleasureville was flown to the UK Medical Center in Lexington for his injuries. Mr. Couch was pronounced deceased at 10:35p.m. at the UK Medical Center. The passenger on the ATV, 13 year old juvenile male was taken to Jewish Hospital in Shelbyville for his injuries.

Through March 30, preliminary statistics* indicate that 157 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is seventeen fewer than reported for the same time period in 2008. Of the 136 motor vehicle fatalities, 81 victims were not wearing seat belts. Ten pedestrians have been killed. Nine fatalities involved a motorcycle and two fatalities involved an ATV. A total of thirty-nine 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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