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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Nine Deaths on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (03/08 - 03/14)

Date of News Release: 03/15/10

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, March 8 through Sunday, March 14, 2010.

All of the crashes involved motor vehicles and seven of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Fayette, Hardin, Jefferson, Lincoln, McCracken and Whitley counties.

One double-fatality crash occurred in Clay County and alcohol involvement is suspected as a contributing factor. The crash occurred when 1995 GMC, pick-up, operated by Ronnie G. Hacker, 33, of McKee, was traveling southbound on KY 11 when it crossed the centerline into the path of a 2006, Toyota, Camry, operated by Elizabeth M. Denman, 31, of Big Creek. The two vehicles hit head-on. Hacker, Denman and a passenger in the Hacker vehicle were ejected from the vehicles. Hacker and Denman both received fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene by the Clay County Coroner's Office. Bill R. Henson, 30, of Manchester, a passenger in the Hacker vehicle was flown from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment of his injuries.

Through March 14, preliminary statistics* indicate that 114 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 31 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 100 motor vehicle fatalities and 57 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Thirteen of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Twelve fatal crashes involved a pedestrian and 1 involved a scooter. One crash involved an ATV and the victim was not wearing a helmet. A total of 25 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. Crash data for this report is generated from the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

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