Wednesday, July 05, 2000

13 die in eight crashes in Ky.

Alcohol may be factor in some

The Associated Press

        Thirteen people were killed in eight highway crashes through Monday night in an unusually long July 4 holiday period, Kentucky State Police reported Tuesday.

        The carnage rate approached the record levels of 1991 and 1996, when 17 people were killed during the same holiday period.

        Independence Day was on Thursday in each of those years. “Two long, long holidays,” said Lt. Kevin Payne, the agency's headquarters spokesman.

        The holiday period this year began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. The number of crashes had not been extraordinary, but the rash of multiple deaths was alarming, Lt. Payne said.

        In the worst single wreck, three people died in a four-car pileup Sunday on U.S. 68 at Maysville. The victims included James and Carol Puckett of Mount Horeb, Ohio. Also killed was Frank Baker Jr. of Maysville.

        Five other people were injured. Wreckage was scattered for hundreds of feet through a construction zone.

        Three other crashes ended in two deaths each.

        A Horse Cave woman and son died when the car the woman was driving ran through a stop sign and into the path of a minivan on Ky. 218, six miles east of Horse Cave, Sunday night.

        Debra Ryles, 42, and Christopher Ryles, 8, were pronounced dead at the scene. The woman's 10-year-old daughter, Lora C. Ryles, was in fair condition Monday at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville.

        A state police report said alcohol was suspected as a factor but gave no details.

        Injured were minivan driver Carolyn Glass, 28, of North Richland Hills, Tenn., and two passengers — Phillip W. Hiser, 27, and Vanessa J. Hiser, 30, both of Horse Cave.

        Two women were killed Saturday night when their sport-utility vehicle flipped on Interstate 64 in Jefferson County. Witnesses said the SUV, an Isuzu Rodeo, blew a tire, veered into a guard rail and overturned.

        Police identified the victims as Sherry Harris, 31, of Lexington and Tiffany L. Chandler, 24, of Louisville.

        In Pendleton County, Charles L. Sebastian, 31, of Butler was killed when his vehicle ran off U.S. 27 and rolled over. Mr. Sebastian, not wearing a seat belt, was ejected. Alcohol was suspected as a factor. The wreck occurred at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, four miles north of Falmouth.


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