TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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Fatal Collision on US 41 (North Main St.) in Madisonville
Date of News Release: 01/02/2014
Madisonville, KY (Hopkins County) - On Thursday January 2, 2014 Kentucky State Police - Madisonville was contacted by the Madisonville Police Department reference a fatal collision on North Main Street in Madisonville. A preliminary investigation revealed that Zachary Lawless, Age 18, of Madisonville was operating a 1990 Chevrolet Truck southbound on North Main Street when a pedestrian, Patricia Smith, age 49 of Madisonville entered the traveled portion of the roadway into the path of his vehicle. Mr. Lawless struck Smith with the front passenger side of the vehicle. Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene by Hopkins County Coroner, Dennis Mayfield. The collision is being investigated by Accident Reconstructionist, Sergeant Nicholas Rice, Unit 171. Sergeant Rice was assisted at the scene by Trooper Joseph Bartolotti, Unit 325, Trooper Cody Kromer, Unit 278, Trooper Louis Palmer, Unit 491, the Madisonville Police Department, and The Madisonville Fire Department.