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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eleven Highway Deaths on Kentucky Roads Last Week (May 11 - May 17)

Date of News Release: 05/18/09

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that eleven people died in ten separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, May 11 through Sunday, May 17, 2009.

Six of the crashes involved motor vehicles and four of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Jefferson, Knott, Laurel and Marshall counties. Alcohol was a factor in the Jefferson and Knott county crashes.

One double-fatality occurred in Jessamine county on US 68 when Charles Jacobs was headed westbound and lost control of his car and ran into the path of a furniture van. Jacob and his passenger, Hanok Gohil were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the van was taken to a local hospital and released. All victims were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.

Two motorcycle fatalities occurred in Knott and Warren counties and one victim was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Two ATV fatalities occurred in Elliott and Harlan counties and neither victim was wearing a helmet.

One pedestrian fatality occurred in Jefferson county and the suspected use of alcohol was a factor in that crash.

Through May 17, preliminary statistics* indicate that 284 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 10 more than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 239 motor vehicle fatalities and 131 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Sixteen pedestrians have been killed. Twenty-four fatalities involved a motorcycle and five fatalities involved an ATV. A total of sixty-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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