Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Fleeing Felon Injures Four In Louisville Crash
Date of News Release: 05/29/2012
(Louisville, KY) -- At approximately 1:57 p.m. Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Scott Koch attempted to stop the driver of a black 2002 Isuzu SUV for failure to wear a seatbelt on Interstate 65 and I-264 East in Louisville. The vehicle refused to stop for Officer Koch and proceeded onto I-264 where speeds reached up to 100 mph. The Isuzu exited onto Poplar Level Road and turned south. It then decreased its speed due to traffic, but continued south to the intersection of Poplar Level and Indian Trail where the suspect blew through a red light. A 2007 Toyota SUV was northbound and was turning left from Poplar Level onto Indian Trail and did not see the Isuzu approaching. The Toyota struck the Isuzu in the driver's side and caused it to rotate slightly counter clockwise and strike a utility pole on the passenger side. The Isuzu struck the pole and rotated around it and came to final rest facing northwest. A female passenger in the Isuzu, 39-year-old Felicia Reyes, from Louisville was partially ejected out the front windshield and is currently listed in critical condition at U of L. The driver, Byron D. Harper, 34, from Louisville attempted to flee on foot after the crash, but was apprehended by Officer Koch. Harper is a wanted fugitive by the Department of Corrections for parole violations. Harper will be charged with several counts of Assault 1st, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree 2nd Offense (Cocaine), Fleeing or Evading 1st Degree and numerous other traffic charges. He is currently under arrest and is being treated at U of L.
The driver of the Toyota, 17-year-old Brian D. Evans Jr. suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Two other passengers, Deja Young, 18, from Louisville and 17-year-old Brianna Smith also from Louisville also suffered serious injuries in the crash. The crash is being investigated by a KSP Post 4 reconstructionist.