Hickman, KY. (August 5, 2022) – Troopers with Kentucky State Police, Post 1 are investigating a Tuesday evening collision that claimed the life of a Fulton County man. Just after 7:00 PM on August 2, 2022, Post 1 Dispatch received a call from Fulton County Dispatch advising that there was a two vehicle collision at the intersection of KY 1129 and KY 2140 and requested Kentucky State Police assistance with the investigation. Kentucky State Police, Post 1 troopers and accident reconstructionists responded to the scene to investigate the collision.
Initial investigation shows Richard E. Gouger, 81 years old of Hickman, Kentucky was stopped at the intersection of KY 1129 and KY 1240, operating a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. Due to limited sight distance, Mr. Gouger pulled out into the intersection in the path of a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban traveling eastbound on KY 1129 being operated by Brad Ellingburg, 47 years old of Hickman, KY. The Grand Marquis struck the Suburban in the rear passenger quarter panel causing the Suburban to leave the roadway and overturn. Mr. Ellingburg was not wearing his seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle, and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Fulton County Coroner. Speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors with Mr. Ellingburg. An autopsy was requested and denied by the coroner’s office; however, a toxicology is pending. Mr. Gouger did not report any injuries.
The investigation is ongoing by Trooper Aaron Jestes. Kentucky State Police, Post 1 was assisted on scene by Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Hickman Police Department, Fulton County Fire-Rescue, Hickman Fire Department, and Ken-Tenn EMS.