A head-on collision involving a Franklin, Ky. police officer yesterday claimed the life of a Simpson County woman.
Kentucky State Police say the incident happened around 2:30 on State Highway 100 east in the city limits of Franklin. State Trooper Terry Alexander says 30-year old LaDonna Southard of Franklin was eastbound, when she crossed the center line for an unknown reason and struck a marked police cruiser driven by 36-year old Officer Kelly Mayfield of Bowling Green head-on.
Another car was in front of Officer Mayfield and that driver swerved in an attempt to avoid a wreck, but Mayfield didn’t have time get out of the way before Ms. Southard hit him.
Ms. Southard was pronounced dead on the scene by Simpson County Coroner Patrick Crafton, while Officer Mayfield had to be cut from his cruiser and was taken to Bowling Green Medical Center.
He was initially treated for several broken bones, and has since been transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he is listed in stable condition.
Officer Mayfield was on duty at the time of the wreck and was responding to a non-emergency complaint. He did not have his “blue lights” on and was traveling along with traffic.
Both drivers were wearing their seat belts and police say they do not suspect alcohol as a factor in the wreck.
Officer Mayfield has been employed by the Franklin Police Department since February of 2003.