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Mount Vernon Man Killed in a Collision

Date of News Release: 02/05/2013

(LONDON, KY.) -- On Monday, February 04, 2013 at 9:15 p.m., the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 in London received a report of a two vehicle traffic crash at the intersection of US 461 and KY 150 in Rockcastle County.

Upon arrival Trooper Delzie Kelly determined that a 2011, white, Hyundai, Sonata operated by Don R. Barnett, 55, of Mount Vernon, was traveling westbound on KY 150 when it failed to stop for a red light and entered the path of a 2006, blue, Dodge, Caravan, operated by Kimberlee R. Benien, 23, of Somerset. The Dodge was unable to avoid the collision and struck the Hyundai in the side.

Mr. Barnett was transported to the Rockcastle County Hospital where he pronounced dead.

Ms. Benien and her passenger, Serena Howell, 23, of Somerset, where transported to the Rockcastle County Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Benien was treated and released. Howell was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington where she is listed as stable.

Drug and / or Alcohol usage is not suspected.

Trooper Kelly in continuing the investigation and was assisted at the scene by officers from the Kentucky State Police, the Rockcastle County Sheriffs Department, the Mount Vernon Police Department, the Rockcastle County EMS, the Mount Vernon Fire and Rescue Department and the Rockcastle County Coroners Office.

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