Garrard man charged after auto crash

October 09, 2003

Garrard man charged after auto crash

LANCASTER - A Garrard County man was charged with driving under the influence Wednesday after his vehicle was hit in the rear at the intersection of Ky. 34 and U.S. 27, state police said.

The car driven by Michael G. Master, 49, of Lancaster, was stopped in the left turn lane on Ky. 34 when Crystal L. Strevels, 24, of Danville, struck his vehicle from behind, Trooper Troy Trayner reported.

According to the report, Strevels said her Ford Taurus struck Master's Ford Ranger as she looked at her baby. Her vehicle sustained sever damage to the front end. Master's Ranger was only moderately damaged.


Strevels was transported to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center for a possible neck injury. The baby was uninjured.

During the investigation of the accident, Master was charged with DUI.

One injured in Lexington Road accident

A two-vehicle accident Sunday injured one person, police said.

A 1998 Ford Windstar driven by Georgia N. Williams, 42, of Waco, was traveling south on Lexington Road and attempted to turn left onto Old Lexington Road, according to the police report. The van was struck by a 1988 Nissan Pathfinder driven by Michele A. Bruce, 36, of Lancaster, that was heading north on Lexington Road. Bruce told police Williams had her left turn signal on and then turned in front of her. Williams told police she did not see Bruce's vehicle.

A passenger in the Williams vehicle, Freda E. Shaper, 60, of Junction City, was treated at the scene by Boyle Emergency Medical Service and transported to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Mother says state took her children

MOUNT STERLING (AP) - The mother of a 6-week-old girl who died after being allegedly mistaken for a baby doll by two young boys says state officials have taken her three remaining children.

Brandy Craig, 24, said state officials found that her children had been neglected, an allegation that she denies.

State police are investigating the death of Craig's daughter, Kirsten Jewell Craig, allegedly at the hands of a 2- and a 4-year-old boy who were staying at Craig's apartment in Mount Sterling. Kirsten Craig was found unconscious about 7 a.m. Sept. 21 by her mother at the apartment.

The state Cabinet for Families and Children would not comment on the case. But spokeswoman Lisa Wallace said that in general, state social workers would embark on a "thorough assessment" to ensure the safety of any children in the affected household and that removal would be an option if those children were at risk.

The two young boys alleged to have fatally injured the baby remain in their mother's custody and all three are attending counseling, their grandmother Debbie Churchwell said Tuesday. One of the boys allegedly said he thought the infant was a baby doll, according to one of Craig's children who witnessed the incident.

Craig says state social workers have placed the children in her uncle's home until an Oct. 29 court hearing.

An autopsy performed in Frankfort indicated that Kirsten Craig's death was the result of blows to the head, neck and extremities. She died after being airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Unlicensed teen driver dies in crash

GLASGOW (AP) - A single car crash in Barren County killed a Cave City teen who didn't have her driver's license, state police said.

Lisa Hardin, 15, a sophomore at Barren County High School, was driving northbound on Ky. 1297 when the 2001 Ford car failed to negotiate a curve, a report on the Tuesday night crash said.

The statement said the car went down a small embankment and overturned several times. It came to rest upside down in a ditch, state police said.

Hardin and two passengers, Matthew Abston, 18, of Smiths Grove and Michael Abston, 14, of Greensburg, were taken to T.J. Samson Hospital, but Hardin was then airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital. She died shortly after arrival there, the report said.

The passengers were treated and released.

Hardin did not have a driver's license, according to state police.

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