Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Two Killed After Lincoln Parkway Collision
Date of News Release: 08/19/2013
(ELIZABETHTOWN, KY.) -- On Sunday, August 18, 2013 at approximately 6:28 p.m. EST, Kentucky State Police Post 04 received a call in regard to an injury crash at the intersection of Ky. 1135 and Ky. 61. Earl D. Richardson (46), of Hodgenville was operating a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer southbound on Ky. 61. Johnie M. Dennis (75), of Elizabethtown was operating a 2004 Nissan Sentra and was traveling west on Ky. 1135 and attempting to cross Ky. 61. The Nissan operated by Mr. Dennis entered the path of the Chevrolet operated by Mr. Richardson. The Chevrolet Blazer struck the Nissan on the passenger side causing both vehicles to exit the southwest corner of the roadway. Johnie Dennis and a passenger in his vehicle, Luevenia Dennis (71), also of Elizabethtown were pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner's Office. Earl Richardson and his passenger, Earl Richardson Jr. (10), were both transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment and later released. Preliminary investigations show that alcohol was a factor at the time of the crash. Earl Richardson was arrested and charged with the following; Operating A Motor Vehicle Under The Influence of Alcohol with Aggravating Circumstances, No Operators License, Failure to Maintain Insurance, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle Prohibited, Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and two counts of Murder. He was lodged in the Hardin County Det. Ctr. All individuals involved in the collision were wearing seatbelt. Trooper Brad Riley is handling the investigation and was assisted at the scene by KSP personnel, Hardin County EMS and the Central Hardin Fire Department.