TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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Non-Injury Single Vehicle Collision on the Pennyrile Parkway
Date of News Release: 02/17/2010
(Madisonville, Ky.) -- Michael L. Smith, age 48 of Manitou, KY, was operating a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck southbound on the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway when it appears that he fell asleep. The vehicle veered off the right shoulder of the roadway and traveled onto the grassy shoulder. Mr. Smith attempted to regain control, but the vehicle was pulled into the ditch line adjoining the shoulder of the roadway. After traveling approximately 520 feet through the ditch, Mr. Smith steered the vehicle back to the left. His vehicle crossed both southbound lanes of the parkway and entered the median where it overturned and came to rest on its top. Mr. Smith was wearing a seat belt and refused medical treatment. KSP CVE Lt. Kevin Rogers investigated the crash that occurred on February 16, 2010 at 3:15 p.m.