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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Three Motorcyclists Die on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (June 9 - June 15)

Date of News Release: 06/16/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that eighteen people died in sixteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, June 9 through Sunday, June 15, 2008. Twelve of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and seven of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Clark (2), Greenup, Harlan, Hopkins (4), Jefferson (2), Madison, Pulaski, and Shelby counties. Three of the crashes involved pedestrians and four involved the suspected use of alcohol.

A triple-fatality crash occurred June 9 in Hopkins county on KY 109. Meagan Gibbs was traveling south on KY 109 in a 2002 Ford F250 pickup truck. Penny Garrison was traveling north on KY 109 in a 1986 Ford Ranger. Ms. Gibbs' vehicle drifted into the northbound lane and struck the Ms. Garrison's vehicle head on. Penny Garrison, Jordan Duke, and Beverly Lopez were pronounced dead at the scene by the Hopkins County Coroner. Ethan Garrison was flown by Air Evac to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. Meagan Gibbs and her child were transported by ambulance to Madisonville Regional Medical Center.

Three crashes involved motorcycles and occurred in Daviess, Taylor and Woodford counties. One of the victims was not wearing a helmet.

Through June 15, preliminary statistics* indicate that 330 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 55 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 260 motor vehicle fatalities, 166 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 32 motorcycle fatalities, 18 were not wearing helmets. Seven people have been killed in ATV crashes and 6 of those were not wearing helmets. Thirty pedestrians have been killed. A total of 61 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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