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.

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.

Lexington home knocked off foundation after car drove into it

The Lexington Police Department in Fayette County, Kentucky is looking for a man who they reported as having crashed a blue Jeep into several houses on Georgetown Street last Monday, August 8 at around 7:30 a.m.

According to preliminary investigations, the Jeep plowed through three houses, one of them sustaining so much damage that it was knocked off its foundation. The Lexington Fire Department said the house was the most damage has no future and would probably have to be demolished.

The owner of the house said that it was built in 1921 and has been handed down from generations to generations in their family.

Our attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, who provide legal services to our clients in Lexington, handle personal injury accident cases such as truck accidents, car accidents, nursing home abuse, and wrongful death, among others. Call our offices today at (800) 953-2373 to set up an initial free consultation meeting with a qualified member of our legal team.

Man faces charges in former UofL cheerleader’s vehicular death

Thirty-four-year-old Bradley Allen Caraway has been arrested and is facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident in relation to a single-vehicular crash that claimed the life of 25-year-old former University of Louisville in Kentucky cheerleader Shanae Moorman on Saturday, August 6 at around 3 a.m. along Interstate 64-East at the southbound lanes of the Gene Snyder Freeway.

In a statement, UofL’s Spirit team coach Todd Sharp celebrated Moorman’s life, saying: “A true fighter, she had battled cystic fibrosis her entire life. Despite the odds and being told it wasn’t possible, Shanae went on to become a national champion cheerleader here at the University of Louisville and in the process, she inspired and gave hope to many children and parents that faced life with cystic fibrosis.”

We believe, at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, that a negligent driver deserves justice when they cause injuries, damage, or loss of life. Our thoughts go out to the victim and her loved ones.

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.

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.

Congress passes transportation bill

Both houses of Congress – the House of Representatives and the Senate – have passed a massive five-year transportation bill that seeks to address issues concerning highway challenges, such as how to improve roads so that goods can be delivered faster, by legislating a definite amount of federal aid so that major road restoration projects cannot be compromised.

For instance, the bill provides $4.5 billion in a new grant program for nationally significant highway and freight projects and $6.3 billion for a national highway freight program that uses a formula to earmark funding for the different states.

The measure also disallows rental car agencies and car dealers with fleets of over 45 cars from renting recalled vehicles that have not yet been repaired by the vehicles’ manufacturers.

Our attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC in Lexington represent clients who have suffered injuries in accidents caused by defective roads or automobiles. While this transportation bill represents Congress’s intent to create safer roads, we are here to help victims who were injured in preventable accidents in the meantime. Call us at (800) 953-2373 today.

Vehicular accident kills Montgomery County teacher

A woman lost her life in a two-vehicular collision that happened in Jeffersonville, Kentucky on the morning of Friday, November 20.

The victim was identified as 51-year-old Mapleton Elementary School teacher Sheila Huff Baker, who had been teaching science at the school in Montgomery County for three-and-a-half years. Baker had also worked for the school for the school district for ten years, a press release from the Montgomery County Schools stated.

According to Montgomery County Sheriff Fred Shortridge, the accident occurred at around 7:00 in the morning at the intersection of U.S. Route 460 and Kentucky Highway 599, located just southeast of Mount Sterling.

Preliminary investigations showed that Baker, who had been operating a minivan at the time of the incident, was in the process of making a left turn onto U.S. Route 460. She pulled in front of a pickup truck traveling east on 599, and was struck by the man’s vehicle. The truck driver was not harmed in the incident.