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KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Mercer County

Date of News Release: 03/01/2016

(Lawrenceburg, KY) - The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, is investigating a fatal collision that happened on the Bluegrass Parkway in Mercer County at approximately 11:30 a.m. today.

The initial investigation indicates that William Chamness, 57 years old of Mt. Sterling was driving west in a Toyota Avalon, when he lost control of his vehicle and collided with a Dodge Ram truck that was also traveling west, driven by William Hooper, 71 years old of Lawrenceburg. As a result of the collision, the Dodge truck operated by Hooper travelled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

William Hooper was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Mercer County Coroner.

No other injuries were reported at the scene, and alcohol or weather do not appear to be a factor in the collision.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Detective Jeff Stith. He was assisted at the scene by KSP Personnel, Anderson County EMS, Anderson County Sheriff's Office, and the Mercer County Coroner.