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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Fifteen Deaths on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (12/07 - 12/13)

Date of News Release: 12/14/09

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that fifteen people died in thirteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, December 7 through Sunday, December 13, 2009.

All of the crashes involved motor vehicles and six victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Barren, Harlan, Hart, Hopkins, Jefferson, Kenton, Laurel, Meade, Montgomery, Pike and Shelby counties. The crashes in Jefferson and Montgomery counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.

A triple-fatality crash occurred in Meade county involving two vehicles on Hwy 144 near Payneville. A 2005 Chevy Equinox being driven by Carissa Foushee of Payneville was traveling westbound on Hwy 144 near Payneville when a 1997 GMC 6500 being driven by David Barr of Payneville was traveling eastbound on Hwy 144. Ms. Foushee's vehicle crossed the centerline striking Mr. Barr's vehicle head on. Two children, Michael F. Foushee, 6 years of age and Adison Foushee, 2 years of age were occupants in Ms. Foushee's vehicle and were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Meade County Coroner. Ms. Foushee driver was transported to University of Louisville hospital with life threatening injuries where she later died. Mr. Barr had minor injuries and was treated and released.

Through December 13, preliminary statistics* indicate that 749 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 28 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 609 motor vehicle fatalities and 340 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Thirty-eight pedestrians and 5 bicyclists have been killed. Eighty fatalities involved a motorcycle, sixteen fatalities involved an ATV and one involved a scooter. Seventy-two crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. A total of 158 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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