November 22, 2012

Collision kills two near Pittsburg Park

Police suspect speed to be the main cause of crash

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Two people died in a two-vehicle collision on Old Richmond Road (Ky. 3434) on Tuesday afternoon.

Dustin L. Starks, 23, of Ky. 490, East Bernstadt, and his passenger, 36-year-old Barbara R. Hurley of Jackson Road, East Bernstadt, were killed near Pittsburg Park around 4 p.m. when their red Chevrolet Cobalt skidded into a Cadillac SUV, driven by 52-year-old Elizabeth Engle of High Moore Road, London, causing the Cobalt to overturn and sending the SUV on its side.

Engle and her passenger, 46-year-old Duane Barlow of Ky. 490, East Bernstadt, were transported to Saint Joseph London for non-life threatening injuries.

Glass littered the parking lot of the park and parts of the SUV lay scattered along the roadway as emergency personnel worked to remove Engle and Barlow from the SUV to transport them for medical treatment. Both individuals in the Cobalt — Starks and Hurley — died at the scene.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy and Public Affairs Officer Gilbert Acciardo said the accident reconstructionist determined the Cobalt was traveling north when it lost control and the tire dropped off the road. The car then crossed to the other side of the road and skid sideways.

The SUV reportedly saw the vehicle approaching and stopped in the roadway. The passenger side of the Cobalt struck the SUV, caving in the passenger side of the Cobalt, flipping it onto its top and pinning Starks and Hurley inside. The impact sent the SUV onto the driver’s side, blocking the roadway while the Cobalt landed in the ditchline next to it.

At this time, police believe speed to be the main factor in the crash.

The accident is being investigated by Sgt. Chuck Johnson and Detective Richard Dalrymple, both of whom are accident reconstructionists.

Responding at the scene were members of the sheriff’s office, London-Laurel County Rescue Squad, Laurel County Coroner’s office, Emergency Management, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, and East Bernstadt Volunteer Fire Department.