TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Fatal Crash on KY 121 Bypass in Graves County, KY
Date of News Release: 07/01/2006
(Graves County, KY.) - At approximately 0615 hours on July 1st, a vehicle operated by Melissa Palmer was struck head on by a vehicle driven by Luis Quinonez. Mr. Quinonez was south bound on KY 121 Bypass when his vehicle entered the oncoming north bound lane. Ms. Palmer, north bound, was struck by Mr. Quinonez, killing her passenger Rodolfo Ibarra. Neither Ms. Palmer nor Mr. Rodolfo were wearing seat belts. Both vehicles came to final rest blocking the north bound lanes of KY121 Bypass. Alcohol is a suspected contributing factor in the crash. Operator Quinonez was cited for DUI 1st, and additional charges are pending. Crash is under investigation by Post 1 reconstructionist Tpr. 1st Class C.G. Anderson.