A serious accident sent two teenagers to the hospital on the evening of Dec. 18, according to local sources. Kentucky State Police responded to the accident, which involved an SUV and a truck. A 16-year-old driver is facing DUI charges, though the driver has not been identified due to his minor status.
According to the report, it appears the 16-year-old was driving the SUV westbound when the vehicle hit a guard rail. This caused the driver to overcorrect, sending the vehicle into the median. The SUV then flipped over several times, ejecting an 18-year-old passenger. The SUV came to rest upside down in the middle of the westbound lanes of US 68.
The SUV was then struck by a truck whose driver did not see it in the middle of the road. The 18-year-old passenger was taken by air ambulance to a medical center in Nashville with injuries described as severe. The driver was taken to a hospital in Trigg for minor injuries. Two other passengers, who were not identified publicly, escaped injury.
The driver now faces charges of DUI and second-degree assault, as well as operating a car without a license. He was released to the custody of his parents to await further proceedings. So far, no court date has been announced, and it is unclear whether he or his family has retained criminal defense counsel at this time. If he is found guilty, he could face jail time, which is why he will be represented by an attorney who will work to build a compelling defense against these charges.