A man from Dexter is tragically dead following a two-vehicle accident on Jan. 18, according to state police. Officers in Kentucky responded to the accident, which happened in the late morning on State Route 94 West. As with many motor vehicle accidents, the crash investigation is still underway at this time, and no criminal charges have yet been filed.
According to the police report, a 22-year-old man said he was driving northbound on Robertson Road when he entered the intersection with Route 94. He contends that an eastbound vehicle, driven by a 73-year-old man, pulled out of the intersection and struck his vehicle. The force of the impact killed the elder driver and injured his 73-year-old female passenger, as well as a third juvenile passenger in the vehicle.
The 22-year-old driver was also injured and taken to a local hospital. The female passenger in the deceased man’s vehicle contends that the younger driver pulled out and hit their vehicle. Police have yet to determine which of these stories is accurate, so for the moment, they are still being assisted by multiple emergency services in their ongoing investigation.
Regardless of which driver is found to be responsible for the crash, it remains possible that criminal charges could be filed by Kentucky authorities. Even if this is not the case, the injured parties and the family of the deceased are entitled under state law to file wrongful death and/or personal injury suits in civil court. In motor vehicle accidents causing injury or death, the court may choose to award damages if sufficient evidence exists of a driver’s material contribution to the accident.