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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eight Highway Deaths on Kentucky Roads Last Week (May 4 - May 10)

Date of News Release: 05/11/09

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that eight people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, May 4 through Sunday, May 10, 2009. Seven of the crashes involved motor vehicles and two of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Fayette, Floyd, Jefferson, Letcher, and Union counties.

One double-fatality occurred in Lincoln county when a car hydroplaned on wet roadways and crashed head-on into an oncoming pick up truck. The driver and the passenger in the car died of injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the pick up truck was treated and released at a local hospital. Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

One motorcycle crash occurred in Perry county and the victim was not wearing a helmet.

Through May 10, preliminary statistics* indicate that 267 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 14 more than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 230 motor vehicle fatalities and 127 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Fourteen pedestrians have been killed. Twenty-one fatalities involved a motorcycle and two fatalities involved an ATV. A total of sixty-three 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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