Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Fatal Crash on KY 144 in Meade County, KY
Date of News Release: 03/23/2006
(Elizabethtown, KY) - Deborah C. Rockwood was driving an 1999 Mercury SUV and Rhonda Herman was driving an 1991 Buick were both traveling West Bound on KY144. Ms. Rockwood appeared to have had a medical seizure, causing Ms. Rockwood to accelerate. A passenger in the backseat of Ms. Rockwood attempted to gain control of the vehicle. Ms. Rockwood then went into the eastbound lane passing a vehicle. Ms. Rockwood then went back into the westbound lane striking Ms. Herman's vehicle in the rear. Both vehicles went off the left side of the roadway. Ms. Herman's vehicle overturned ejecting the driver. Ms. Rockwood continued west into a field, then crossed KY144 and striking a tree. Ms. Rockwood was transported to University of Louisville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Passengers of Ms. Rockwood were taken to Kosairs Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Rhonda J. Herman was killed in the crash.