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Fatal Collision on KY 90 in Wayne County

Date of News Release: 12/26/2008

(London, KY) - On Thursday December 25, 2008 at 6:13 PM EDT the Kentucky State Police Post 11, London, received a report, from the Wayne County 911 Dispatch Center, of a traffic crash with injury on KY 90 at the 4 mile marker in Wayne County.

Upon arrival Kentucky State Police Traffic Crash Reconstructionist Trooper Craig Reed determined that a 1993 green Toyota Corolla passenger car was westbound on KY 90 when it crossed the centerline and struck a 1997 maroon Chrysler Town and Country van head-on.

The driver and the passenger of the Toyota were transported to the Wayne County Hospital where the driver was pronounced dead by Wayne County Deputy Coroner Gordon Hicks. The passenger, Roberto Melendez, 28, of Albany, KY was then flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment.

The driver of the Chrysler, Jennifer Riddle, 24, of Monticello, KY was flown from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment.

Medical conditions are unknown at this time.

The name of the victim is being withheld at this time pending notification of family.

Trooper Reed is leading the investigating into the crash and was assisted at the scene by officers of the Kentucky State Police, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, the Wayne County EMS and the Monticello Fire Department.

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