Trooper Robert Purdy
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 7, Richmond
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Fatal Collision in Mercer County
Date of News Release: 11/25/2011
(Harrodsburg, Ky.) -- On November, 24, 2011, Richmond Post was contacted by the Harrodsburg Police Department requesting assistance with a collision. The collision occurred at the intersection of US Highway 68 and US 127 Bypass in the limits of Harrodsburg at 4:25 pm EST. Trooper Donnie Moses was the first trooper to arrive on the scene. Michele Strunk, age 44 of Harrodsburg, operating a beige 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was traveling north on US 127 Bypass. Jose Terendo Navarro-Meza of Harrodsburg was operating a green 2000 Dodge Neon and traveling west on US 68 approaching the US127 Bypass intersection. Ms. Strunk disregarded the traffic light and continued through the intersection striking Mr. Navarro-Meza's Dodge Neon on the driver's side.
The passengers in Mr. Narvarro-Meza's vehicle are listed as follows: Elena Francisco-Pascual, age 21 of Harrodsburg, and 3 minor children aged 6 months, 2 years and 3 years. The names of the juveniles will not be released. Mr. Narvarro-Meza, Ms. Francisco-Pascual and the 6 month old child were airlifted. The other 2 children were transported by ambulance. Ms. Strunk was also airlifted to the UK Medical Center.
Mr. Narvarro-Meza was pronounced deceased at 10:17 pm EST by the Fayette County Coroner's office. Autopsy is pending.
The collision is under investigation by Trooper Donnie Moses.