TPR Lloyd Cochran
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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DUI Fatal Collision on KY 11 in Clay County
Date of News Release: 01/26/2008
(London, KY) - On Friday, January 25, 2008, approximately 7:01 PM the Kentucky State Police responded to a, two vehicle traffic crash, with injury, on KY 11, 5 miles south of Manchester, in Clay County.
Upon arrival Trooper Josh Wilson discovered that Unit one a Red, 2000 Chevrolet Silverado truck, driven by Russell Gray, 53, of Manchester was southbound on KY 11 when it crossed the centerline and struck unit two head-on. Unit two a Red, 1987 Ford Ranger truck, driven by Eugene Scottie Henson, 20, of Manchester was northbound on KY 11 when it was struck head-on.
Mr. Henson and a juvenile passenger were airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment. The 17 year old female passenger was pronounced dead by the Fayette County Coroner at approximately 9:21 PM. Mr. Henson was listed in Critical Condition. Neither Mr. Henson nor his passenger was wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. No drug or alcohol involvement is suspected by Mr. Henson.
Mr. Gray, who was wearing his seat belt, was transported to Manchester Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Alcohol involvement by Mr. Gray is suspected. Upon release Mr. Gray was arrested and charged with DUI 1ST, Murder, Assault 1ST, and other traffic related charges. Mr. Gray was lodged in the Clay County Detention Center.
The incident is still under investigation by Trooper Josh Wilson, who was assisted at the scene by the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the Clay County EMS and the Lockhart's Creek Fire Department.