TFC Billy Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 15, Columbia
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Fatal collision on KY 55 in Washington County
Date of News Release: 08/24/2011
(Washington County, Ky.) -- Trooper Fred Cornett is investigating a fatal collision that occurred 08/24/11 at approximately 4:25 p.m., 2 miles south of Springfield on KY 55. The collision occurred when a 1999 Toyota, operated by Bobby C. Perry, age 71, of Springfield, was traveling northbound on KY 55, crossed the center line and struck a 2008 Honda, operated by Setsuko Obata, age 50, of Lebanon, head on. Mr. Perry was pronounced deceased at the scene. Ms. Obata was flown from the scene of the collision to the University of Louisville Hospital for her injuries. Two passengers in the Obata vehicle, Sara Obata, age 16, and Noel Obata, age 14, were airlifted to Kosair Children's Hospital. A third passenger in the Obata vehicle, Louis Obata, age 12, was transported by Washington County EMS to Spring View Hospital and later transferred by ground to Kosairs. All subjects were belted at the time of the collision. Trooper Cornett was assisted at the scene by Trooper Morris Farris, Washington County EMS and Washington County Fire & Rescue.