Thirteen Deaths On Kentucky Roads Last Week
By WestKyStar Staff
FRANKFORT, KY - Preliminary statistics from Kentucky State Police indicate that 13 people died in 12 separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, July 29 through Sunday, August 4.
One double-fatality crash occurred in Fayette County, and two single-fatality accidents were in Jefferson County. One of those victims was not wearing a seat belt.
A single-fatality crash occurred in each of these counties: Barren, Fayette, Harlan, Kenton, Metcalfe, Rowan, Scott and Shelby. The victims in Barren, Fayette, Kenton, Rowan, Scott and Shelby counties were not wearing seat belts. The crashes in Kenton and Shelby counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.
One pedestrian was killed in Pike County.
Through Aug. 4, preliminary statistics show that 372 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 78 less than reported for this time period in 2012.
Among the 291 automobile fatalities, 148 victims were not wearing seat belts. Thirty-five of the 48 motorcycle fatalities were not wearing helmets, and all five ATV fatalities were not wearing helmets. One bicycle rider has been killed, and twenty-six pedestrians have been killed. One fatality involving an animal-drawn vehicle has been reported. A total of 77 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. As of Aug. 4, Kentucky has had 49 days with zero highway fatalities reported during 2013.
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.