Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Fatal Collision on Loretto Road in Nelson County
Date of News Release: 03/26/2012
(Elizabethtown, KY) -- On March 25, 2012 at 3:53 PM Eastern Time, the Kentucky State Police in Elizabethtown investigated a fatal accident in the eight thousand block of Loretto Road, in Bardstown, KY (Nelson County). A 2002 Dodge Dakota was traveling southbound on Loretto Road, when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The operator, Clara R. Donahue 44 of Loretto, KY, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Nelson County Coroner. A passenger, James R. Mattingly 45 of Loretto, KY, was flown to University of Louisville Hospital via Air Methods with life-threatening injuries. Ms. Donahue was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident, Mr. Mattingly was not.