Kentucky two-vehicle collision kills one, injures two others

Deputies at the Graves County Sheriff’s Office in Kentucky reported a two-vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Kentucky Route 339 North and Kentucky Route 121 North last Sunday, January 15. The accident, which occurred around 5:30 in the afternoon, resulted in the death of one individual and injured two others.

The deceased victim was identified as 52-year-old Mayfield, Wisconsin resident Kristie Wiggins. According to preliminary investigations, 60-year-old Mayfield resident Larry Wiggins was headed southbound on KY 121 North in a 2006 Buick when he collided with a 1991 Dodge pickup that was headed north on KY 339. The truck was driven by 50-year-old Patrick Wilson.

Kristie Wiggins, who was a passenger of the Buick, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident while Larry Wiggins was hospitalized for the treatment of his injuries. Wilson, on the other hand, was ejected from his vehicle and had to be taken to Vanderbilt Hospital for the treatment of his critical injuries.

Two hurt in Lexington three-vehicle collision

A three-vehicle collision that transpired on Versailles Road, just before the intersection of Man O’ War in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, November 25, resulted in two people sustaining injuries of an unknown nature.

According to preliminary investigations made by the police, a chain reaction caused the pileup. Investigators said the victims were brought to area hospitals to receive immediate medical attention for their injuries of an unknown nature. Members of the Lexington Police Department are continuing further investigations to determine the definite details of the case, and to find out how the accident happened in the first place.

Our experienced and dedicated attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC give every personal injury accident case in Lexington and other areas of Kentucky the personalized attention it needs. We handle cases, such as truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, product liability, nursing home abuse, and wrongful death, among others. Call our offices today at (800) 953-2373 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.

Travelers encouraged to buckle up while travelling this Thanksgiving

With holidays fast approaching, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is once again reminding Thanksgiving travelers to buckle up every time they travel in their respective vehicles in an effort to save lives.

According to raw data, there were 1,645 vehicular accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday in the state of Kentucky in 2015, which caused over 480 injuries and eight deaths. KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle Hunter, in a bid to encourage citizens to travel safely this holiday season, said, “As we reflect on gratitude during this season of Thanksgiving, we ask fellow Kentuckians to share why they are thankful for their seat belt. Personal responsibility behind the wheel is the key to saving more lives.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that proper seat belt usage lessens fatal injury risk to front-seat passengers by around 45% and the risk of passengers sustaining moderate to serious physical injuries by around 50%.

If you were injured in a personal injury accident in Lexington or another area of Kentucky due to the mistake of another person, we at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC are fully prepared to help you. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (800) 953-2373.

Louisville policeman killed in Lexington pedestrian accident

Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Jason Schweitzer and another pedestrian lost their lives in Lexington, Kentucky last Saturday, October 29. Their deaths occurred after the pedestrians were hit by a car driven by 26-year-old Suzanne Whitlow along Upper Street.

Whitlow was charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence. According to preliminary investigations, Whitlow was handling her vehicle along Upper Street when she lost control of the steering wheel and proceeded to crash into Schweitzer and one other pedestrian walking on the sidewalk. Both people were taken to a nearby hospital where they succumbed to their mortal injuries.

Schweitzer started his career in the Jefferson County Police Department as a police officer in 2001 and later became a detective for the Louisville Metro Police Department. News about the other victim will come after the victim’s family is notified about the accident.

The attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC are saddened to hear about this tragedy and send our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

Former NFL player Dennis Byrd dies in two-vehicle collision

Dennis Byrd, a former NFL defensive lineman for the New York Jets, lost his life on Saturday, October 15 during a two-vehicle collision. Byrd’s career was prematurely ended when he obtained a neck injury during a game on November 29, 1992 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a 17-year-old Claremont youth was operating a 2000 Ford Explorer northbound along Oklahoma State Highway 88. His vehicle veered onto the oncoming lane, causing the collision with Byrd’s Hummer H2.

Tulsa’s athletic director Dr. Derrick Gragg expressed his condolences for Byrd’s family, saying, “We extend our sincerest condolences to Dennis’ wife, Angela, their children, and the entire Byrd family. Dennis exemplified true determination, tremendous heart, and humility throughout his life. He had a tremendous playing career at [the University of Tulsa] and professionally with the New York Jets. He overcame great personal adversity after a life-altering injury on the football field. We know that Dennis touched numerous lives and will be missed by many.”

Byrd was 51 years old when death claimed him.

Kentucky two-vehicle collision kills two

Two men lost their lives after a two-vehicle collision on Kentucky Route 11 near Sherburne on Saturday, July 30. The accident happened around 3:30 a.m and was a head-on collision.

The victims were identified as 23-year-old Owingsville resident Shane Day and 40-year-old Carlisle resident Robin Willoughby. The Fleming County Coroner declared them both dead at the scene of the accident. A passenger in Willoughby’s vehicle, identified as 28-year-old Paris resident Phylicia Peterson was transported to the UK Hospital, which is based on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She received immediate treatment for her non-life-threatening injuries. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

The attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC see the real effects of car accidents far too often, and we realize how difficult it can be to recover from them. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of both victims as they mourn their loss during this sad time.

Pastor and three sons killed in multi-vehicle accident

Four individuals lost their lives in a three-vehicle accident along Texas State Highway 315 at around 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 21.

According to Pastor Jeff Fugate of Clays Mill Road Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, the victims were Israel Avelar, and his sons Kevin, 17; Daniel, 14; and Matthew, six. Avelar’s wife, Hilda, and their 11-year-old daughter, Kimberly, sustained critical injuries in the accident. The family was in Texas for the father’s graduation. He received a degree in pastoral theology from Instituto Biblico Bautista Libertad, which is associated with Iglesia Bautista Libertad in Houston.

The family was on the way back home to Lexington from Houston when a vehicle hit them from behind, forcing them into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer from the other lane. Fugate said the family had been attending Clays Mill Road Baptist Church for around 15 years and that Avelar had just begun a new church on Leestown Road.

The deepest thoughts and condolences of the attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC are with the family during this tragic time.

Man killed after colliding with Lexington fire truck

Twenty-three-year-old Cody Emery lost his life on Monday, May 2 after his vehicle collided with a Lexington Fire Department fire engine that was responding to an emergency call at the intersection of Nichols Park Drive and Man O’War Boulevard, located near Nicholasville Road in Lexington, Kentucky.

According to the Fayette County coroner, Emery’s car traversed the raised concrete median which separated the inner and outer loops of Man O’War Boulevard.

Lexington Fire Department Assistant Chief Harold Hoskins stated the firefighter manning Engine 15 had to be extricated by rescue teams as he had been trapped in the vehicle during the collision while suffering from minor injuries.

Hoskins said responding firefighters should also take care to be safe en route to their areas of rescue, noting, “We tell people early on that until you get to a scene, you’re not going to benefit anyone. You’re not going to have a positive impact on anything on a scene until you get there.”

1 dies in Versailles two-vehicle accident

On Wednesday, March 30 at about 4:00 p.m., a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 60 near the Bluegrass Parkway in Versailles, Kentucky resulted in the death of an individual.

The Woodford County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 53-year-old Woodford County resident James Couch.

According to preliminary investigations, a blue Jeep Grand Cherokee was turning eastbound on U.S. Route 60, or Versailles Road, from Bluegrass Parkway when it collided with a red GMC pickup truck, driven by Couch, that was headed west.

The driver of the Jeep Cherokee was brought to UK HealthCare in the University of Kentucky in Lexington to receive treatment for his injuries of an unknown nature.

The westbound lanes and one eastbound lane of U.S. Route 60 were closed from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to give way to police officers and emergency medical responders who were securing and clearing the area. Westbound traffic was diverted to Bluegrass Parkway.

Classical pianist awarded $2.5M for injuries sustained in car accident

During the first week of February, classical pianist, William Finizio of New York City, was awarded a total of $2.5 million by a Morris County jury in New Jersey for sustaining injuries in his elbow during a car accident in November 2011. This injury caused the forty-seven-year-old to become permanently unable to play the piano at the proficiency he achieved prior to the accident.

According to The Daily Record, the defendant in the case was a motorist from Rutherford, New Jersey, who struck the vehicle that Finizio was driving on Route 80 in Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, New Jersey.

Greg Allan Stone, Finizio’s legal counsel, said playing the piano was not Finizio’s main source of income but that doing so “defined him as a person”. He added that this injury from the crash also negatively impacted how Finizio played the guitar and other musical instruments.

By pursuing legal action against the negligent or irresponsible driver who was responsible for your personal injury in an accident, you may have the chance of obtaining financial compensation to help you in your recovery. Our experienced team at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC in Lexington, Kentucky can provide you the legal advice or representation you may be seeking. Please call our offices today at (800) 953-2373.