Six people, four of them children, are tragically dead following what police believe to be a wrong-way crash on Interstate 75 near Lexington. Kentucky law enforcement responded to the accident that claimed the life of both the drivers involved. As with most motor vehicle accidents, this crash will be the subject of a detailed investigation.
What apparently took place when the accident occurred?
According to the information currently available, it appears that a 38-year-old woman from Madison County was traveling southbound in the north lanes of the highway for reasons unknown when the accident occurred. Her vehicle crashed headlong into a second car driven by a 30-year-old woman. She was transporting four children aged 2 through 11 at the time of the crash.
The wrong-way driver and a 9-year-old girl were pronounced dead at the scene. The second driver and the remaining children were rushed to local hospitals. Tragically, all of them were pronounced dead later in the day. Police are still unsure what caused the driver to take the wrong lane, but their investigation is still underway at this time.
Wrongful death claims can result after these type of incidents
When motor vehicle accidents result in the death of the driver at fault, criminal charges are not filed posthumously. However, Kentucky state law does allow surviving victims, as well as the families of deceased victims, to file personal injury and/or wrongful death suits in civil court. In a case where the offending driver did not survive the accident, such suits can be filed against the driver’s estate and/or other people with ownership interest in the involved vehicle.