Oak Grove, KY (Christian County) – During the early morning hours of 08/28/2021, Kentucky State Police Post 2 was requested by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office to investigate a two-vehicle collision that ended in one fatality; Troopers responded to approximately the 85 mile-marker of Interstate 24 eastbound to begin the investigation.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 1992 Suzuki Sidekick, being operated by a Mr. Cecil Gustin, 86, of Thompson Springs, Utah was traveling east in the right lane when for an unknown reason, his vehicle crossed into the left lane abruptly. Upon crossing into the left lane, Gustin’s vehicle entered the travel path of a 2015 GMC Acadia, being operated by a Mr. Dilynn Roper, 22, of Vienna, Illinois causing the vehicles to collide in a rear-end manner.
After colliding, Gustin’s vehicle crossed the right lane, exited the shoulder of the roadway, and struck an earth-embankment before becoming fully engulfed in flames; Roper’s vehicle came to final rest in the travel portion of the left lane and was fully engulfed by fire as well.
Mr. Dilynn Roper was able to exit his vehicle and was not injured from the collision taking place.
Deputy Coroner Tim Fleming with the Christian County Coroner’s Office pronounced Mr. Cecil Gustin deceased on scene.
Kentucky State Police Post 2 was assisted on scene by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Oak Grove Fire Department, Hopkinsville Fire Department, and Christian County Rescue. The Oklahoma State Patrol and the Grand County Sheriff’s Department (Moab, Utah) also assisted in the investigation.
The investigation is ongoing by Accident Reconstructionist, Trooper Jacob Stephens.
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