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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Nine Highway Deaths on Kentucky Roads Last Week (June 1 - 7)

Date of News Release: 06/08/09

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, June 1 through Sunday, June 7, 2009.

Seven of the crashes involved motor vehicles and five of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Henderson, Letcher, Lincoln, Marshall and Shelby counties. Alcohol was a factor in four of the crashes.

One double-fatality crash occurred in Spencer county on US-31 E. Phyllis Cook of Lebanon, Ky. was northbound on US 31 when she lost control in a curve and crossed the center line. Cook then struck the oncoming southbound vehicle head on, driven by John Maradits of Louisville, Ky. Cook was transported to a local hospital and later succumbed to her injuries. Maradits was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

One motorcycle fatality occurred in Logan county and the victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Through June 7, preliminary statistics* indicate that 325 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 14 more than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 276 motor vehicle fatalities and 153 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Sixteen pedestrians have been killed. Twenty-eight fatalities involved a motorcycle and five fatalities involved an ATV. A total of seventy-six 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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