Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Thirteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (April 24 through April 30)
Date of News Release: 05/02/2006
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 13 people died in ten separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, April 24, 2006, through Sunday, April 30, 2006.
Preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in two of the ten crashes. Nine of the crashes involved motor vehicles and one of them involved a motorcycle. Two of the victims were pedestrians. Six of the motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts. The seatbelt status of one of the motor vehicle victims is not known. The motorcycle victim was wearing a helmet.
The triple fatality crash occurred in Wolfe County and the double fatality crash occurred in Edmonson County. The five single fatality crashes occurred in Kenton, Martin, Mercer, Muhlenberg and Pendleton counties. The motorcycle fatality occurred in Harlan County and the two pedestrian fatalities occurred in Hart and Jefferson counties.
Through April 30, 2006, a total of 237 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 45 fewer than reported for this time period in 2005. Of those 237 fatalities, 17 were pedestrians and 145 were motorcyclists, 9 of whom were not wearing helmets. Of the 205 motor vehicle fatalities, 125 victims were not wearing seatbelts and the seatbelt status of 17 of the victims is not known.
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.