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Fatality Crash Involving KSP Vehicle

Date of News Release: 09/01/2008

(London, KY) - On Sunday, August 31, 2008, at 10:52 PM EDT the Kentucky State Police, Post 11, in London received a report of a traffic crash, with injuries, involving a Kentucky State Police vehicle on US 25 South of London, KY.

Senior Trooper Christopher W. Roberts, operating a 2005 Ford marked state police vehicle, was southbound on US 25 traveling behind a white 1996 Plymouth passenger car. Preliminary information indicates the operator of the Plymouth stopped in the roadway. Trooper Roberts steered to the right in an attempt to avoid a collision striking the passenger side of the Plymouth and then two bicyclists.

One of the bicyclists, Chris Powers, 26-year-old male from Jonesboro, Illinois, was fatally injured in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene by Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling. Trooper Roberts was transported to Saint Joseph of London Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. The second bicyclist, Kevin Alshouse, 26-year-old male of McHenry, Illinois, received minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The operator of the Plymouth, Ramondo Cabrera-Ceron, 45-year-old male of London and a male juvenile passenger were uninjured.

All lanes of travel on US 25 between KY 192 and KY 1006 remain closed while the crash is investigated. An update will be sent when the roadway is re-opened.

Trooper Roberts, 31 years of age, was on duty and responding to a non-emergency call for service at the time of the crash. He is a five-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police.

The crash is being investigated by the Kentucky State Police Regional Reconstruction Team. Assisting at the scene were officers from the London City Police, the Laurel County EMS, Laurel County Emergency Management, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Laurel County Coroner's Office.

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