TFC Billy Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 15, Columbia
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Fatal collision on KY 68 in Marion County
Date of News Release: 11/16/2011
(Marion County, Ky.) -- Trooper Fred Cornett is investigating a fatal collision that occurred Tuesday 11/15/11 at approximately 7:43 P.M. in Marion County. Eugene Owens, age 35 of Lebanon, was operating a 2001 Pontiac two door traveling East on KY 68 two miles West of Lebanon. Mr. Owens attempted to turn left onto Mcelroy Pike and turned into the path of a 2007 Chevrolet pickup being operated by Tim Clark, age 57 of Lebanon.
Mr. Clark's vehicle struck Mr. Owens' vehicle in the passenger side causing it to drop off the roadway and travel down an embankment before coming to final rest in a ditch. Mr. Clark, who was not belted, was partially ejected and transported to Springview Hospital where he was treated and released. Mr. Owens, who was belted, was transported to U of L hospital for treatment of injuries.
There were three passengers in the Owens vehicle. Shirley Vancleave, age 20 of Lebanon, was not belted and was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to U of L hospital for treatment of her injuries. Ryasia Vancleave, age 2 of Lebanon, was belted but not in a child restraint and was treated and released at Springview Hospital. Rashawna Vancleave, age 1 of Lebanon, was belted but not in a child restraint and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marion County Coroner.
Trooper Cornett was assisted at the scene by the Marion County Sheriff's office, Marion County EMS and Sergeant David Gibbs of the Kentucky State Police. The investigation is ongoing by Trooper Cornett.