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Fatal Traffic Crash in Laurel County

Date of News Release: 08/22/2008

(London, KY) - On Thursday August 21, 2008 at approximately 8:33 PM the Kentucky State Police Post 11 received a request for assistance from the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement in reference to a Fatal Traffic Crash on I-75, in Laurel County KY.

Upon arrival KSP Traffic Crash Reconstructionist Trooper First Class Parrish Baker determined that unit one, a 2004, Honda motorcycle was southbound on I-75 near the 30 mile marker when it left the roadway, struck a guardrail ejecting the operator and the passenger.

The operator, Michael W. Hastings, 47, of Marysville, OH was pronounced dead at the scene and the passenger, Brenda Hastings, was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment of her injuries.

The Hastings were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

Trooper First Class Baker is continuing the investigation and was assisted by officers from the Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and the Laurel County Sheriff's Office. Also, assisting at the scene were the Laurel County EMS, the London/Laurel County Rescue Squad and the West Knox Fire Department.

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