A Dawson Springs man is dead, while his 4-year old daughter is being treated for unknown injuries at Regional Medical Center following a wreck this morning in Hopkins County.
Kentucky State Police say shortly before noon, 26-year old Alexander M. Hinton was driving east on KY70 in a 2008 Pontiac at a high rate of speed and lost control of his vehicle, traveled off the left shoulder of the roadway and struck a tree.
Hinton was pronounced dead at the scene by Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield and his 4-year old daughter, ho was in a booster seat in the back seat was transported by ambulance to Regional Medical Center in Madisonville for treatment.
KSP Sergeant Jason Newby, Trooper Mark Combs, CVE Officer Richard Bolduc, Med Center EMS, Richland Fire and Rescue, Kentucky State Highway Department and Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield all responded to the fatal wreck.
Clarksville Police investigated last night after a naked man allegedly tried to coerce a teen girl into his vehicle.
The girl said she was walking home from track practice on Appleton Drive just after 6pm when the driver of a white four door vehicle started following her and honking the horn.
The heavy set white male in his late 40’s then reportedly yelled at the girl and tried to get her to get in his vehicle. The girl said when she looked back, she saw the suspect was completely nude.
That’s when she took off running until she got home and called police. Officers saw a vehicle matching the description drive by while at the victim’s home, but were unable to locate it again.
The young boy critically injured in a fatal wreck on Cox Mill Road Friday afternoon continues to recover at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office has released the official report from the incident, which identifies the juvenile as 4-year old Gabriel Ramey of Compton Road, Roaring Springs.
Officials at Vanderbilt say Ramey remains stabilized in a critical care unit in the children’s hospital and that is continuously under close watch.
The collision claimed the life of his mother—27-year old Crystal Ramey. The report says the driver of the other vehicle, 41-year old Michael Board of Oak Grove Loop, Eddyville; told police that Ms. Ramey never stopped at the stop sign on Cox Mill and drove directly into his path on Kentucky 117.
Board said he tried to stop, but couldn’t avoid a collision. Board was treated and released from Jennie Stuart Medical Center for relatively minor injuries.
Drugs and alcohol were not suspected as factors in the wreck, though blood samples were sent off just to be sure. Results of those tests are pending.
A named suspect is listed on a sexual abuse report, with a juvenile female telling Hopkinsville Police that a man made unwanted sexual contact with her.
The incident happened Tuesday between 4 and 7pm in the city, with the 13-year old girl telling officers a 20-year old man grabbed her, pulled her close to him and kissed her on the lips.
The victim said she pulled away from him as quickly as she could and that he continued to make unwanted advances through the day.
Alcohol is listed as a factor in the case.
Todd County fared okay in the recent release of the County Health Rankings by the University of Wisconsin.
The study ranks each county in every state against each other on dozens of factors relating to the overall health of citizens.
Todd County ranked 56th out of 120 counties, which is five spots worse than Christian and 17 worse than Logan County—but 25 spots better than adjoining Muhlenberg County.
In fact, Todd County came in third healthiest in the Pennyrile, behind Lyon and Christian.
The study showed that eight percent of the adult population suffers from some type of alcohol addiction or binge drinking tendency. That number is equal with the national average and below the state average. Todd was a dry county last year when the study was being done and no other county west of Owensboro had a lower alcoholism rate.
Since the study was done, voters in Guthrie passed a ballot referendum allowing alcohol sales in that town.
Factors dragging Todd County down include 22-percent of the population lacking health insurance. That is double the national average and five percent more than the state average.
The ration of primary care physicians to the population is drastically off-kilter with state and national averages, coming in at 2,026 citizens to every one physician.
Another disturbing number is that 35-percent of children in Todd County live in poverty—22-percent higher than the national average and nine percent higher than the state rate.