Master Trooper Norman Chaffins
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Fatal Crash Claims a Life on the Western Kentucky Parkway
Date of News Release: 02/25/2012
(Caneyville, KY) -- On February 25, 2012 at approximately 9:30 am ET Post 4 Troopers responded to the area of the 93 mile marker just west of Exit 94 on the Western Kentucky Parkway to investigate a reported fatal collision. Unit 1, a 2011 Ford box van (U-Haul) was eastbound on the WK Parkway. It was being operated by 48 year-old Steven B. Holland of Dyersburg, TN. 47 year-old Ricky L. Mudd of Caneyville, KY and his 18 year-old son Joshua T. Mudd, also of Caneyville were pulled off in the eastbound emergency lane outside of their vehicle and were refueling a 1995 Oldsmobile that had ran out of gas the previous day. Mr. Holland's vehicle approached the men and veered to the right into the emergency lane and struck the two men and sideswiped the Oldsmobile. Mr. Holland's vehicle also sideswiped the 2000 Mitsubishi Montero the Mudd's had driven to the scene. Mr. Holland's vehicle continued several hundred feet eastbound before coming to final rest in the passing lane on the eastbound side. Joshua Mudd was pronounced dead at the scene. Ricky Mudd was airlifted from the scene to U of L Hospital in Louisville where he is currently listed in critical condition. There were 3 passengers in Mr. Holland's vehicle, but none of them were injured. The driver, Steven Holland was kept for observation at Twin Lakes Hospital. Mr. Holland is under arrest and is charged with Murder, Assault 1st, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence 1st (Aggravating Factors), and Reckless Driving. Once the hospital releases Mr. Holland he will be lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center. Tpr. Brad Riley is the primary investigator as the investigation is ongoing. He was assisted at the scene by Post 4 Troopers. Also responding to the scene was the Grayson County Sheriff's Dept., the Grayson County EMS, the Caneyville Volunteer Fire Dept., and the Grayson County Coroner Joe Brad Hudson.