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Double Fatal in Bonnieville Results in Arrest for Murder

Date of News Release: 02/14/2016

(Bonnieville, KY) - The Kentucky State Police Post 3 Bowling Green responded to a two vehicle injury collision that resulted in a double fatal last night at approx. 6:50 pm on US 31-W in the limits of Bonnieville in Hart County.

The preliminary investigation indicated that Manuel Crespo (27) of Upton was operating a 2003 Dodge van and was involved in a non-injury collision in the limits of Bonnieville on US 31-W where he struck a 2011 Ford passenger car being operated by Angela Damico (66) of Bonnieville. Crespo then fled the scene and continued southbound on US 31-W where he then attempted to pass another vehicle. Crespo crossed over into the opposing lane and collided with a northbound 2003 Dodge van being operated by James Haycraft (50) of Clarkson, KY, who had three passengers.

James Haycraft was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. Mary Haycraft (50) of Clarkson, KY, was transported to University of Louisville Hospital by aircraft where she succumbed to her injuries today at approx. 3:32 am and was pronounced deceased by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office. Jason Ferguson (39) of Upton was also transported by aircraft to the University of Louisville Hospital where he was pronounced deceased last night at approx. 8:41 pm by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office. Stephanie Ferguson (39) of Upton was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital where she was later transported to the University of Louisville Hospital where she is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Manuel Crespo was not injured in the collision. He was arrested and lodged in the Hart County Jail where he was charged with:

  • Murder
  • Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (4 counts)
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Alcohol (Aggravating Circumstance) 1st Offense
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident
  • No Operators License
  • Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle Prohibited
  • Failure of Non-Owner Operator to Maintain Required Insurance 1st Offense

Crespo was arrested prior to Mary Haycraft passing so another charge of Murder will be forthcoming.

The investigation is still ongoing and being conducted by Trooper Daniel Priddy. He was assisted on the scene by Sergeant Jeremy Smith, Troopers Michael Murray, Ashcon Karbasi, and Graham Rutherford, Hart County EMS, Bonnieville Fire Department, Upton Fire Department, and Air Methods. No other information is available for release at this time.