Southern Madison County was the site of a fatal accident in the early morning of Jan. 27, according to the Kentucky State Police. Officers in the county have confirmed the death of one driver in a two-car crash. A second person was also injured. As with most motor vehicle accidents, a variety of local authorities are taking part in the investigation, including local police, fire and EMS departments.
How did it happen?
According to the limited information in the report, it appears a 50-year-old male driver was attempting to navigate a left-hand turn onto U.S. Highway 25 when the crash occurred. The man inadvertently drove into the path of a southbound vehicle. The driver of the southbound car, who was not identified in the report, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Madison County Coroner’s Office.
The passenger in the initial turning vehicle was also taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. It has not been determined whether the surviving driver, who has not been identified publicly at this time, will face any criminal charges for his role in the accident. The investigation is still ongoing as of this report.
The potential legal ramifications
If the unidentified driver is found to have incorrectly operated his or her motor vehicle either through recklessness, negligence or even intoxication, that individual could face criminal charges in a Kentucky court. However, many motor vehicle accidents do not result in criminal charges. Regardless, the law allows the family of the deceased and the other injured party to file personal injury and/or wrongful death suits against the driver in civil court.