TFC Corey King
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 16, Henderson
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Fatal collision on KY 56 in McLean County
Date of News Release: 01/29/2011
(Henderson, Ky.) -- Whitley Bennett was traveling east on KY 56, approximately three miles west of Beech Grove. Ms. Bennett allegedly swerved to miss a deer that had entered her traveled path. Ms. Bennett lost control of her 1996 Chrysler Sebring and exited the roadway. She traveled through a field where her vehicle struck a group of trees before landing in a ditch at final rest. During the collision, Hakeem Harris was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead by McLean County Coroner Will Muster. Emergency responders had to extricate Javon Burton and Kendra Johnson from the vehicle by mechanical means. Both were transported to Methodist Hospital in Henderson. Ms. Bennett was transported by Life Flight to St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville Indiana.
Collision Reconstructionists will determine if speed, alcohol or drugs contributed to this collision. The investigation is on-going.