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KSP Works Fatal Collision in Trigg County

Date of News Release: 04/24/2016

(Cadiz, KY) - The Kentucky State Police, Post 1 Mayfield, responded to a four vehicle collision on April 23, 2016 at 12:06 P.M. on US68/KY80 on the bridge crossing Lake Barkley at the east entrance to the Land Between The Lakes.

Preliminary investigation shows that Johnathan King, 35, of Regan, TN, was operating a 2000 Vulcan Motorcycle traveling Eastbound on US68/KY80. Jeffery Twaddle, 53, of Franklin, TN, was operating a 2011 BMW traveling westbound on US68/KY80. For an unknown reason, King crossed the centerline and traveled into the path of the BMW. Johnathan King and his passenger Mary King, 34, of Regan, TN, were both thrown from the motorcycle after the collision. Robert Mathney, 69, of Scottsville, KY was following King, operating a 2006 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle. In an attempt to avoid the collision Mathney laid his bike on its side and slid several feet before coming to a stop. Steven Poe, from Eads, TN was operating a 2016 Harley-Davidson motorcycle traveling behind Mathney and was able to come to a stop but suffered damage to his motorcycle from the debris already in the roadway but was uninjured. Johnathan King, Mary King, and Robert Mathney were transported by ambulance to Trigg County ER and then Air lifted to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Jonathan King was pronounced dead by the Davidson County Coroner at 5:32 P.M. Mary King and Robert Mathney are being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Jeffery Twaddle was not injured in the collision.

Preliminary investigation shows that Johnathan King, Mary King and Robert Mathney were all wearing helmets. Jeffery Twaddle was wearing his seat belt.

An autopsy is scheduled in Nashville, TN by the Davidson County Coroner. Trooper Derek Scott, is continuing the collision investigation.

KSP was assisted on the scene by Trigg County Sheriff Department, Trigg County EMS, Trigg County Fire and Rescue, Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Forestry Service.