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Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian in Hopkins County

Date of News Release: 07/03/2009

(Madisonville, Ky.) -- According to witness statements and evidence located at the scene, Mr. Erick Hendrix (age 20) was operating a 2000 Mercury Sable westbound on Noel Avenue at an apparent, high rate of speed. Mr. Hendrix lost control of the vehicle and entered a sidewalk and yard on the westbound side of Noel Avenue. Mr. Hendrix then struck two pedestrians, Lachelle Williams (age 30) and Thomasa Wallace (age 39), who were standing on the sidewalk and in the yard. Mr. Hendrix continued along the sidewalk and yard crossing a parking lot and Park Row. Mr. Hendrix then struck a building and utility pole at the intersection of West Noel and Park Row coming to final rest upright facing west in front of the building. Mr. Hendrix and his passengers (Demontrey Lipscomb age 24, Myron Bess age 20 & Barron Conn age 20) fled the scene on foot. Mr. Hendrix later turned himself in at the Madisonville Police Department. Passengers Bess and Conn returned to the scene shortly after the collision. Passenger Lipscomb was located at the Regional Medical Center seeking medical attention to injuries sustained in the crash. Mrs. Wallace was transported from the scene via Medical Center Ambulance to the Regional Medical Center for treatment to her injuries. Mrs. Williams died as a result of her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hopkins County Coroner's Office. Mr. Hendrix was arrested the charges of Murder, Assault 1st Degree, DUI 2nd Offense (w/ Aggravating Circumstances), Leaving the Scene of an Accident & Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage in Vehicle. Mr. Hendrix was lodged in the Hopkins County Detention Center.

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