TFC Billy Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 15, Columbia
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Fatal Crash on KY Highway 1243 in Metcalfe County, KY
Date of News Release: 05/21/2006
Columbia, KY - On Friday, May 19, 2006, Metcalfe County Sheriff Rondal Shirley responded to a complaint of a male subject lying in a ditchline on KY Highway 1243. After locating Phillip England lying alongside the roadway, Sheriff Shirley contacted Emergency Medical Services. England was transported to T.J. Samson Hospital in Glasgow, where he was pronounced dead by the Barren County Coroner.
Kentucky State Police Detectives Kevin Hunt, Donnie Moses, and Detective Sergeant Bobby Sullivan responded to the original scene and began an investigation. The cause of England's injuries was not readily apparent, and it was unknown how he came to be at that location.
An autopsy was performed on Saturday, May 20th. The State Medical Examiner concluded England's injuries were consistent with an automobile accident, though the detectives had found no evidence of a collision.
On Sunday, May 21, 2006, Detective Kevin Hunt returned to the scene for further investigation, and discovered a wrecked vehicle over a steep embankment, approximately 2/10 of a mile from where England was located. The vehicle was hidden from view by dense undergrowth and trees. After searching the area, Det. Hunt called for assistance from Kentucky State Police Canine Detective Ricky Underwood. With the help of the dog, the officers later located the body of 41 year-old Dwight Fancher, of Edmonton, Kentucky. The Metcalfe County Coroner later pronounced Fancher dead at the scene.
It now appears that Fancher and England were traveling south on Kentucky Highway 1243 in a 1996 Toyota Corolla, when Fancher lost control of the vehicle in a curve, overcorrected, and traveled over the embankment. The vehicle struck a large brush pile and overturned, ejecting both Fancher and England who were not belted at the time of the crash.
An Autopsy is scheduled for Dwight Fancher, on Monday, May 22, at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Louisville.
The investigation continues by Detective Kevin Hunt.