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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Twelve Highway Deaths on Kentucky Roads Last Week (April 6 - April 12)

Date of News Release: 04/13/09

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that twelve people died in eleven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, April 6 through Sunday, April 12, 2009.

Ten of the crashes involved motor vehicles and six of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bell, Fayette, Laurel, Lawrence, Madison, Montgomery, Pike and Pulaski (2) counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in three of the crashes.

One double fatality crash occurred in Casey county. Francisco Javier Marcial, 21, of Dunnville was traveling southbound on U.S. 127 about 12:30 p.m. when he struck Jeffrey Stafford, 34, of Russell Springs, who was stopped in traffic. After striking Stafford's 1998 Dodge truck, Marcial's 2001 Chevy crossed the center line and struck a 2006 Toyota operated by Hannah Young, 17, of Springfield. Young was pronounced dead at the scene.

One motorcycle crash occurred in Jefferson county and the suspected use of alcohol was a factor in that crash. The victim was wearing a helmet.

Through April 12, preliminary statistics* indicate that 187 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is twelve fewer than reported for the same time period in 2008. Of the 161 motor vehicle fatalities, 92 victims were not wearing seat belts. Twelve pedestrians have been killed. Twelve fatalities involved a motorcycle and two fatalities involved an ATV. A total of forty-five 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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