TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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One Killed in a Single Vehicle Collision on the Western Kentucky Parkway
Date of News Release: 02/14/2010
(Madisonville, Ky.) -- George Barnes, age 18 of Hopkinsville, KY, was operating a 2005 Suzuki Forenza westbound on the Western Kentucky Parkway when it appears that he fell asleep. The vehicle began to drift towards the median and struck the end of a guardrail. It spun out of control and overturned several times in the median. The passenger, Elizabeth Atwood, age 16 of Hopkinsville, KY, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Ms. Atwood was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hopkins County Coroner, Dennis Mayfield. The vehicle came to rest upright in the median. Mr. Barnes was transported by ambulance to the Regional Medical Center for treatment. He was wearing a seat belt. Trooper Brandon McPherson investigated the crash that occurred on February 14, 2010 at approximately 3:20 a.m. Trooper Darron Holliman, the Hopkins County Sheriff's Department, South Hopkins Fire Department, Medical Center Ambulance Service, and the Hopkins County Coroner's Office assisted at the scene.