January 3, 2013

17 vehicular fatalities in 2012

Only 8 died in 2011

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — There have been more vehicular fatalities in Laurel County in 2012 than in each of the previous seven years. They have more than doubled since 2011.

In 2012 there were 17 fatalities including one ATV, four motorcycles, and one involving a commercial vehicle. In 2011 there were only eight fatalities.

The reason for the increase in vehicular fatalities is a mixture of causes.

“Some are from speed, weather, some alcohol and drugs, and some inattention,” Laurel County Sheriff John Root. “It’s a mixture.

“We use federal funds to patrol, especially where fatals occur,” he added.

The list of vehicular fatalities in Laurel County in 2012 include:

• 1-07, Shawn E. Evans, 39, London, motorcycle on Ky. 192

• 2-07, Tommie Johnson, 60, Berea, car on Ky. 363

• 2-13, Andrew “Nathaniel” Gregory, of Pine Grove School Road, London, ATV on the same road

• 2-26, Nancy Salzar, 49, Mill Creek Road, Keavy, pickup on Ky. 312

• 5-14, William Wells, 64, Manchester, pickup on Ky. 472

• 6-07, Craig McFadden, 42, London, motorcycle on west Ky. 80

• 6-17, Clinton S. Lewis, 38, Slate Lick Road, London, motorcycle on Ky. 30

• 6-28, Eddie Allen Napier, 47, Manchester, car on Ky. 229

• 7-03, Robert Landon Parker, 19, Filter Plant Road, London, pickup on Ky. 1305 (Tom Cat Trail)

• 7-07, Howard M. White, 49, Bagdad, struck by commercial vehicle on I-75

• 9-01, Christopher L. Keifer, 29, Tyner, SUV on Ky. 30

• 10-19, Lloyd J. Smith, 27, East Bernstadt, pickup on Ky. 490

• 11-20, Dustin L. Starks, 23, Ky. 490, car on Ky. 3434

• 11-20, Barbara R. Hurley, 36, East Bernstadt, car on Ky. 3434

• 12-4, Albert Stillings, 74, London, car on Ky. 192

• 12-13, Jennifer Sterns Scott, early 30s, Hartford, car on south U.S. 25

• 12-28, Curtis G. Smith, 41, Rocky Branch Road, London, motorcycle on Ky. 229

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