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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Thirteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last (Oct. 13 through Oct. 19)

Date of News Release: 10/20/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that thirteen people died in eleven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, October 13 through Sunday, October 19, 2008. Eleven of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and seven of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Adair, Bracken, Floyd, Hardin, Larue, Lawrence, Pulaski, and Trigg counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in one of these crashes.

A triple-fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Clinton county. Candi J. Byers age 29 of Albany was traveling south on US 127 when she lost control of her vehicle and slid into the path of Brenda S. Logan of Albany which was traveling north. Both occupants of Ms. Byers' vehicle (Candi J. Byers & Kasen Byers) and the passenger of Ms. Logan's vehicle (Belinda L. Logan) were pronounced deceased at the scene by Clinton County Coroner, Steve Talbott. Brenda S. Logan was flown to University of Kentucky hospital in serious condition.

One ATV fatality occurred in Floyd county and the victim was not wearing a helmet. One pedestrian fatality occurred in Jefferson and the suspected use of alcohol is a factor in that crash.

Through October 19, preliminary statistics* indicate that 616 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 87 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 460 motor vehicle fatalities, 287 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the seventy-eight motorcycle fatalities, forty-six were not wearing helmets. Twenty-four people have been killed in ATV crashes and twenty-two of those were not wearing helmets. Forty-nine pedestrians have been killed. A total of one-hundred and twenty seven fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

*These statistics are still preliminary as KSP waits for all local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas.

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