Crashes occurred in Christian, Clark, Jefferson, Knox and Pike counties
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 26, 2012) – Eleven people died in five separate crashes on Kentucky roadways during the Christmas holiday period, according to preliminary statistics from the Kentucky State Police.
The Christmas holiday period began at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 and extended through Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 11:59 p.m.
Crashes occurred in Christian, Clark, Jefferson, Knox and Pike counties. Ten of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and six of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The crashes in Christian, Knox and Pike counties involved the suspected use of alcohol, according to a KSP news release.
One single fatality crash occurred in Pike County, while two double fatality crashes occurred in both Christian and Clark counties. A quadruplet fatality crash occurred in Knox County. One pedestrian-involved fatality occurred in Jefferson County.
More than 700 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways so far this year, 16 more fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2011. There have been 578 motor vehicle fatalities, and 317 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Sixty-four of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle.
Seventy-six crashes involved a motorcycle and 39 victims were not wearing helmets. Fourteen crashes involved an ATV and 12 victims were not wearing helmets. Fifty-three crashes involved pedestrians and seven involved a bicycle. One crash involved a scooter. A total of 139 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.