TPR Lloyd Cochran
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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Update to the Traffic Crash in Rockcastle County
Date of News Release: 08/31/11
(London, Ky.) -- On Tuesday August 30, 2011 the Fayette County Coroners Office contact KSP Post 11 in reference to the passing of Dorothy Whitaker, 83, of Richmond, KY. Mrs. Whitaker was the passenger in a vehicle that was forced from the roadway during an incident on US 461 in Rockcastle County on Monday August 29, 2011.
lyde White, Mrs. Whitaker's brother, was arrested and charged with two counts of Attempted Murder and two counts of Wanton Endangerment.
Charges in this case are expected to be upgraded due to the passing of Mrs. Whitaker.
Original News Release
Traffic Crash in Rockcastle County
Date of News Release: 08/29/11
(London, Ky.) -- On Monday August 29, 2011 at approximately 9:21 a.m. the Kentucky State Police, Post 11, London received a report, from an off-duty KSP Trooper, of two (2) vehicles involved in what appeared to be a car chase on I-75 southbound in Rockcastle County.
That incident resulted in an injury traffic crash on US 461 in Rockcastle County and KSP Trooper Scottie Pennington was dispatched to respond.
As Trooper Pennington traveled westbound on US 150 he approached four vehicles that were also traveling westbound. Three of the four vehicles pulled to the right to yield to the emergency vehicle with the forth vehicle turning left into the passenger side of Trooper Pennington's police cruiser. That vehicle was operated by Lynnell Fields of Mount Vernon.
Both Trooper Pennington and Mrs. Fields were transported to the Rockcastle County Hospital for treatment their injuries.
Lieutenant Curtis O'Bannon is conducting the investigation into this crash and was assisted by Captain Matt Scott, Sergeant Tom Atkin and Traffic Crash Reconstructionist Mike Bowling.