Utica, Ky. (August 28, 2020) Kentucky State Police Post 16 – Henderson received a call of a one-vehicle fatal collision on Thursday, August 27, 2020 around 7:15 PM. The collision was in the 4200 block of KY 764 in Ohio County.
Preliminary investigation reveals 27-year-old Kristopher S. West of Morgantown was traveling on KY 764 when he ran off the right shoulder of the roadway and struck a utility pole. Troopers believe his 2005 Toyota Highlander overturned multiple times ejecting all participants.
Seventeen-year-old passenger Brianna Bratcher of Bremen was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ohio County Coroner. Driver Kristopher S. West was injured and airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville for life-threatening injuries. His condition is unknown at this time.
The third occupant, Kaela M. Hillard, 18 of Beaver Dam, was injured and transported by ambulance to Owensboro Regional Hospital in Owensboro. None of the participants were wearing seatbelts. At this time, it is unknown if drugs and/or alcohol contributed to the collision.
Kentucky 764 was closed for over four hours as KSP reconstructed the collision. Ohio County Coroner’s Office, Ohio County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies assisted troopers at the scene. The investigation is on-going.
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