TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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Fatal Crash on Cleaton Cutoff Road in Muhlenberg County
Date of News Release: 12/10/2006
(Muhlenberg County) - On December 9, 2006, Tpr. McWhorter was dispatched to the Muhlenberg Community Hospital Emergency Room to assist the Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Office with the investigation of a motor vehicle accident. The investigation had led Deputy Eddie Brown to suspect that the operator of the vehicle, Jonathan Benson, was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Mr. Benson was on Cleaton Cutoff Rd when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. Mr. Benson and a passenger, Brandon Benson, both sustained serious injuries as a result of the collision and were transported to the Muhlenberg Community Hospital for treatment. A third occupant, Billy Ried, died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the collision. Mr. Benson was cited to court for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence - 4th offense and Driving DUI Suspended - 2nd Offense. The investigation is still under investigation by the Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Department.