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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Twelve Highway Deaths On Kentucky Roads Last Week (Feb 2 - Feb 8, 2009)

Date of News Release: 02/09/09

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that twelve people died in eleven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, February 2 through Sunday, February 8, 2009.

Ten of the crashes involved motor vehicles and seven of those victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one victim is unknown at this time. Single-vehicle crashes occurred in Grant, Harlan, Henderson (2), Lawrence, Pendleton, Pike (2) and Simpson counties. Three of these crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.

One double-fatality crash occurred in Trigg county. A vehicle driven by Toni L. Pelcha was traveling westbound on Interstate 24 when for unknown reasons crossed over the median. After crossing the median Ms. Pelcha's vehicle struck a vehicle operated by William Andrew McKinnon, of Helena, GA, on the eastbound side of the interstate. Both vehicles came to final rest on the eastbound shoulder of the interstate. Trigg County coroner, John Mark Vincent, pronounced Ms. Toni L. Pelcha, of Millington, TN, and Mr. Robert R. Mullins Jr, of Oak Grove, KY, deceased on the scene.

There was one pedestrian fatality that occurred in Fayette county and the suspected use of alcohol is a factor in this death.

Through February 8, preliminary statistics* indicate that 69 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 2 fewer than reported for this time period in 2008. Of the 65 motor vehicle fatalities, 34 victims were not wearing seat belts. Four pedestrian have been killed. A total of 17 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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