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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Seven Die on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (02/22 - 02/28)

Date of News Release: 03/01/10

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that seven people died in five separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, February 22 through Sunday, February 28, 2010.

Four of the crashes involved motor vehicles and four of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Barren, Pike and Shelby counties. The crash in Pike county involved the suspected use of alcohol.

A triple-fatality crash occurred in Hardin county where three people were thrown from a car after it was vaulted over a guardrail and overturned near the Muldraugh Hill base off US 31W. The vehicle was traveling at a high speed in the left lane when it entered a curve, sideswiped the wall, and traveled across both lanes striking a guardrail. The vehicle then went over the rail and flipped several times, landing on its roof at the foot of a military memorial. The driver of the car, 21-year-old Nathan King of Ekron, Ky., was airlifted to University Hospital with life threatening injuries. The three others were fatally ejected from the vehicle including 22-year-old Brian Butt, 23-year-old Michael Butt, and 23-year-old Dereke Chism. A fifth passenger, 22-year-old Bruce Butt, was transported to University Hospital where he was treated and released. Drugs and alcohol are suspected factors in the accident along with speed.

One pedestrian involved crash occurred in Jefferson county.

Through February 28, preliminary statistics* indicate that 92 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 25 fewer fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 82 motor vehicle fatalities and 45 of those victims were not wearing seat belts and 10 involved a commercial vehicle. Nine pedestrians have been killed. One crash involved a scooter. A total of 23 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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