By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Three vehicles were damaged and a London man was flown to a Lexington hospital after a motorcycle struck a sheriff’s cruiser on Monday evening.
Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy Larry Parrott had gone to Waterworks Road, one mile west of London, to investigate a complaint of 4-wheelers and motorcycles being driven up and down the road in a reckless manner.
Parrott had stopped in the roadway to warn some children not to be riding their 4-wheelers on the road. While Parrott was sitting there, a motorcycle rounded a curve on the wrong side of the road and struck Parrott’s cruiser. The impact ejected the operator of the motorcycle, 21-year-old Joshua Hedrick of Ravenwood Drive, onto the pavement behind the police cruiser. A third motorist in the vicinity of the crash, a Pontiac G6 driven by Jason Asher of London, received damage to his vehicle as the debris from the collision flew in the air.
Noah Blevins, 12, was one of those children Parrott was talking to when the crash took place.
“I was sitting in the driveway and he (Parrott) was telling us not to ride 4-wheelers on the road,” Blevins said. “I heard the motorcycle coming. It came around the curve and hit the police car.”
Blevins said the motorcycle struck the cruiser head-on.
“It threw him on the hood and over the side,” Blevins said. “He (Hedrick) landed behind the car, then he got up and fell back down. I took my shirt off and told him to use it because he was bleeding.”
Hedrick was coherent and talking to his mother, who was at the scene, before being taken to Saint Joseph London. He was then flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for injuries from the crash.
Parrott was not injured, although the front driver’s side fender was busted and hanging from the vehicle.
When Parrott reported the accident with injury, he told dispatchers he was OK, but that his vehicle was not. He also said the operator of the motorcycle was bleeding, although he did not know the full extent of his injuries and requested an ambulance to come to the scene.
The investigation into the crash is being handled by Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter. He was assisted at the scene by Sheriff John Root, Capt. Rodney Van Zant, Deputy Daniel Grigsby and Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County.