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Kentucky State Police have reported that thirteen people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, December 1 through Sunday, December 7, – including four teenagers.
A quadruple-fatality crash involving four teenagers occurred in Bell county. Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement received a call about a two vehicle crash on US 25E in Pineville, KY. Unit 1, a 2007 Toyota Yaris was traveling south on US 25E. Unit 2, a 2008 Peterbilt coal truck was traveling northbound on US 25E. Due to inclement weather, the operator of Unit 1 lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the northbound lane of US 25E and was struck by Unit 2. The operator of Unit 2 was Dwight Robinson Jr., age 34 of Tyner, KY. The operator of Unit 1 was Jonathan Miracle, age 18 of Miracle, KY. The three passengers of Unit 1 were; Jessica Ingram, age 16 of Pineville, KY, Wesley Ingram, age 16 of Pineville, KY and Daniel Campbell, age 15 of Blackmont, KY. All four occupants of Unit 1 sustained fatal injuries. All subjects involved in this vehicle crash were wearing seatbelts and no drugs or alcohol is suspected at this time.
Daniel Campbell, Jessica Ingram and Wesley Ingram were all part of the Bell County High School Air Force Jr. ROTC and were on their way to march in the Christmas parade in Harlan, KY.
A double-fatality crash occurred in Woodford county. The victims were not wearing seat belts and the suspected use of alcohol is a factor in this crash.
Through December 7, 2008 preliminary statistics* indicate that 755 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 61 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 578 motor vehicle fatalities, 361 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 88 motorcycle fatalities, 52 were not wearing helmets. Twenty-three people have been killed in ATV crashes and 21 of those were not wearing helmets. Sixty pedestrians have been killed. A total of 161 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.
All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and five of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Four of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. Single vehicle crashes occurred in Gallatin, Jefferson, Jessamine, Lewis, Logan, Madison and Woodford counties.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.
A total of 71 teenage drivers (ages 16-19) have been killed on Kentucky roadways from January 1 through December 7.