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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Six Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (04/12 - 04/18)

Date of News Release: 04/19/10

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that six people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, April 12 through Sunday, April 18, 2010.

Three of the crashes involved motor vehicles and one of those victims was not wearing a seat belt. The seat belt status of one victim is unknown. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Barren, Taylor and Webster counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Barren County crash.

One ATV involved fatal crash occurred in Breathitt County on Press Howard Fork Road. Preliminary investigation indicates that Justin C. Henson, age 17 of Jackson was operating an ATV when he lost control and struck a tree. Henson was air lifted from the scene to UK Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased by the Fayette County Coroner's Office on April 15, 2010 at 5:30 P.M. Due to the victim being removed by medical personnel before investigating officers arrived, it has not yet been determined if he was wearing a helmet.

One motorcycle involved fatality occurred in Jefferson County and the victim was wearing a helmet. One pedestrian involved fatality occurred in Livingston County.

Through April 18, preliminary statistics* indicate that 191 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 35 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 162 motor vehicle fatalities and 82 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-nine of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Nineteen fatal crashes involved a pedestrian and 1 involved a scooter. Six crashes involved a motorcycle and three of those victims were not wearing helmets. Two crashes involved an ATV and one victim was not wearing a helmet. A total of 41 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. Crash data for this report is generated from the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

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