The man pulled out of a burning car by Hopkinsville Police Sunday morning continues to recover at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
A spokesperson for the hospital says 33-year old Martez Nelson of Hopkinsville is in critical, but stable condition. Nelson was involved in a single-vehicle wreck on North Drive around 1:20 Sunday morning when he lost control of his vehicle, ran off the road and hit a sign—before over-correcting and striking a bridge.
His vehicle burst into flames—with officers Federico Rodriguez, Jason Brent, Jonathan Sholar, Jason Sears and Sgt. John Thompson arriving within seconds. Officers Brent, Sears and Thompson knocked the flames down with a fire extinguisher while Officer Rodriguez broke a vehicle window to pull Nelson from the wreckage.
Officer Rodriguez sustained minor burns in the rescue.
Sgt. Thompson said Nelson sustained burns to about 40-percent of his body. He was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center before being flown to Vanderbilt.
A two-vehicle wreck in Hopkins County Saturday afternoon injured three Madisonville residents.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says 47-year old Ricky Reed of Benton was stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of KY 138 and US 41 around 2:40pm. Reed drove into the intersection and hit a southbound vehicle driven by 26-year old Nicole Baxter of Madisonville.
Ms. Baxter’s vehicle then struck a guardrail, traveled down an embankment and overturned.
Ms. Baxter and her two passengers, 28-year old Devon Baxter and 27-year old Shelle Harris of Madisonville, were taken to Baptist Hospital in Madisonville for treatment of their injuries.
On an overnight shift with an extra hour built in, Hopkinsville Police made the most of it by becoming heroes when several officers worked to pull a local man from a burning car and saved his life.
Sgt. John Thompson says the incident happened around 1:20 on North Drive at the bridge in front of BB&T. 33-year old Martez Nelson of Hopkinsville was southbound when he ran off the side of the road, hit a sign and over-corrected before slamming into the bridge—which caused his vehicle to catch fire.
Sgt. Thompson explained what happened next when Officer Federico Rodriguez and several other members of the department arrived within seconds.
The efforts of Officer Rodriguez, Sgt. Thompson, Officer Jason Brent, Officer Jonathan Sholar and Officer Jason Sears saved the life of Nelson, who was taken to Jennie Stuart before being flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is being treated for burns to approximately 40-percernt of his body.
Sgt. Thompson said the moment was a “gut check” for the officers involved and they all passed the test.
Officer Rodriguez was burned in a couple of places on his arms while pulling the victim out of the car window, but Sgt. Thompson said the injuries were not serious. Nelson had an Oak Grove driver’s license, but Sgt. Thompson said he had recently moved to Hopkinsville.
Kentucky State Police continue to investigate the self-inflicted death of a Christian County Jail inmate, who was seeking treatment for a non-life threatening injury at Jennie Stuart Medical Center Saturday afternoon.
KSP Sergeant Dean Patterson explains the events that led up to the death of 40-year old Jeffery Downs of Paducah.
Sergeant Patterson says while Downs was treated at the local hospital, he was able to obtain a Christian County Deputy Jailer’s gun to injure himself.
State Police say Downs had been lodged in the Christian County Jail for parole violation.
Jennie Stuart’s Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Jim Goss says despite the best efforts of doctors, Downs passed away as a result of a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle wreck at Russellville Road and the bypass Friday morning.
The Hopkinsville Police report says the incident happened just before 9 when 35-year old Rajesh Dixon of Oak Grove was northbound on the bypass and 46-year old Pamela McKinney of Lewisburg was eastbound on Russellville Road.
Dixon stopped at the stop sign, but said he didn’t see Ms. McKinney’s vehicle and ran into her rear driver’s side.
Ms. McKinney and her passenger, 48-year old Christopher McKinney of Lewisburg, were taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center as was Dixon. Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.