Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Bardstown Man Killed In Collision With Commercial Vehicle In Grayson County
Date of News Release: 07/04/2012
(CLARKSON, KY) – On Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 at approximately 5:14 a.m. CT Grayson County Sheriff's Department requested that KSP Post 4 send a reconstructionist to the 116 mile marker on the Western Kentucky Parkway to investigate a fatality crash. Tpr. Brad Riley responded along with other Troopers from Post 4. Tpr. Riley's investigation revealed that 66-year-old Jerry Whitley of Newbern, TN was traveling west on the Western Kentucky Parkway operating a 2007 Peterbilt tractor trailer. Dominic Allen, 24 of Bardstown, KY was also westbound and operating a 2005 Ford Explorer. Mr. Allen was on his way to assist some friends that had ran out of gas near the 116 mile marker in the emergency lane on the eastbound side of the Parkway.
Mr. Allen was in the slow lane and was slowing down. Mr. Whitley went to overtake Mr. Allen when Mr. Allen suddenly moved into the passing lane in an attempt to make a U-turn to go back east to assist his friends that had ran out of gas. As he moved from the right lane to the left, Mr. Whitley struck Mr. Allen in the driver's side door. Both vehicles came to final rest in the westbound lanes. Mr. Whitley's vehicle was stretched across both lanes of travel on the westbound side. Mr. Allen's Explorer was in the right lane facing southwest. Dominic Allen was pronounced dead at the scene by the Grayson County Coroner. Tpr. Riley was assisted by other Post 4 Troopers, the Grayson County Sheriff's Department, Grayson County EMS, and the KSP-CVE Division. The westbound lanes were shut down for approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes while the crash was being investigated and the semi was being removed. The collision investigation is ongoing and alcohol does not appear to be a factor. It also did not appear that Mr. Allen was wearing a seatbelt.