Thirteen people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Dec. 1 — 7, according to preliminary statistics released Monday by the Kentucky State Police.
All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles, and five of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Four of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. Single-vehicle crashes occurred in Gallatin, Jefferson, Jessamine, Lewis, Logan, Madison and Woodford counties.
Four teenagers were killed in a crash in Bell County.
Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement received a call about a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 25 East in Pineville. A 2007 Toyota Yaris was traveling south on U.S. 25 East and a 2008 Peterbilt coal truck was traveling northbound on the same road. Due to inclement weather, the operator of the Yaris lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the northbound lane and was struck by the truck.
The operator of the truck was Dwight Robinson Jr., 34 of Tyner. The operator of the Yaris was Jonathan Miracle, 18, Miracle. Miracle's three passengers were Jessica Ingram, 16, of Pineville; Wesley Ingram, 16, of Pineville; and Daniel Campbell, 15, of Blackmont. All four occupants of the Yaris died as a result of injuries in the accident. All subjects involved in this vehicle crash were wearing seatbelts, and no drugs or alcohol is suspected.