A Woman Dies After Being Struck By Kentucky State Police Officer

A Kentucky State Police Officer struck and killed a Bowling Green motorist on Monday, July 17, as he was en route to another injury crash on Williams Simmons Road. The 63-year-old pickup driver was believed to have been in the process of making a left turn to get out of the officer’s way when he struck her car, an impact which pushed both cars into a nearby resident’s yard.

The officer was driving northbound along Kentucky Highway 185 at around 4:18 p.m., when the accident occurred. He had his sirens blaring and blue lights illuminated as he attempted to pass several motorists.

As he approached the the highway’s intersection with Pruitt Road, he encountered a 1998 Chevrolet pickup driver attempting to make a left turn onto the roadway in an effort to get out of his path. It’s then that the officer is believed to have struck the front bumper and driver’s door of the woman’s vehicle.

The impact of the crash caused both the woman’s pickup and the officer’s car to run off the road. They both ended up in the front yard of a home located within the 7500 block of State Highway 185.

When emergency responders arrived at the scene, the pickup’s driver was pronounced dead. Her 79-year-old husband, her passenger, and the officer were both transported to The Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

Reconstruction crews worked the scene for more than five hours taking measurements as well as witness statements following the crash.

As is customary protocol in any fatal crash, the officer responsible for causing this crash was required to submit to toxicology testing. It’s unclear when or if the results will be made public. The officer has, however, been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation into the crash.

In suing government agencies such as police departments, there generally are certain time frames within which a lawsuit must be filed. There additionally may be caps on how much a loved one can sue for as well. In reviewing the details of your loved one’s fatal collision with a Bowling Green, Kentucky, car crash attorney, he or she can let you know what limitations may exist.

Source: Bowling Green Daily News, “One dead in two-car crash involving KSP trooper,” Deborah Highland, July 17, 2017

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