Trigg County is certainly all too familiar with tragic multi-fatality wrecks involving young people and it happened again Saturday morning when three teenagers and an adult were killed in an accident involving a van and a tractor on Rockcastle Road.
The incident happened shortly before 8am just north of U.S. 68-80, according to Kentucky State Police, which says 30 year old David Shoaf, 18 year old Kimberly Shafer, 17 year old Lindsey Sholar, and 19 year old Dalton McDougall of Cadiz all died from their injuries.
Preliminary investigation determined Shoaf was northbound in a van on Rockcastle when he struck a southbound tractor operated by 58-year old Carl Calhoun of Cadiz. Police say Calhoun went uninjured.
The tree teens killed were passengers in Shoaf’s van, as was 18-year old Brenden Breen of Cadiz, who was treated at Trigg County Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. KSP says Breen was the only person in the van wearing a seat belt. The investigation into the incident continues and the road was shut down for several hours while the scene was re-constructed.
Ms. Sholar’s father, John Wayne Sholar, died in a wreck in Christian County in June of 2003.
Anyone who was old enough at the time will remember the events of December 15th, 1993 when Dale Garner, Jeremy Gordon, David Lawrence, Jesse Lawrence, Patric Perry, Joey Rogers and Steven Wallace were all killed in a head-on collision on U.S. 68-80 in Trigg County as they were on their way from their part-time job at Knight and Hale Game Calls to Hilltop Market. This coming Saturday will mark the 19th anniversary of that tragic evening.
The chairman of the state House and Senate Judiciary Committees will both be from Hopkinsville when the General Assembly convenes in January.
The Senate Republican Leadership team appointed Third District Senator-elect Whitney Westerfield as chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee Friday. Westerfield was the only rookie senator to receive such a leadership position.
Republicans also re-appointed Senator Bob Leeper of Paducah as chairman of the Budget Committee. Leeper is an independent, but caucuses with the Republicans.
State Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville has served as Judiciary Committee chair in the House since being elected six years ago.
A good samaritan was killed in a wreck in Muhlenberg County Friday morning after pulling over to help a man who had ran off the road.
Kentucky State Police say 29-year old Nathan Shemwell of Greenville was southbound on KY 431 about four miles north of Dunmor when he ran off the road. Stopping to help was 65-year old David Ragland of Murfreesboro, Tennessee who got out of his pickup.
Southbound in a dump truck was 59-year old Jesse Banks of Russellville, who tried to slow down in a curve when he saw the incident, but lost control and slid on the wet pavement. The dump truck struck Ragland and his pickup, killing Ragland at the scene.
Ragland’s brother, 70-year old Charles Ragland of Bethpage, Tennessee, was treated and released from Muhlenberg Community Hospital for injuries he sustained. Shemwell and Banks went uninjured.
A Fort Campbell soldier, who recently returned home from Afghanistan was named the winner of a national contest and received keys to his brand new 2013 Chevrolet Camaro.
22-year old Private First Class Michael Carroll of Louisiana who is assigned to the local post’s 5-61st Military Police Company took delivery of the car today at Patriot Chevrolet in Hopkinsville with friends, local dignitaries watching on.
The new Camaro features a black leather interior, 19-inch aluminum wheels and six-speed manual transmission and is estimated to be worth over $34,000.
PFC Carroll stated he was overcome with emotions when he first learned he beat-out over 34,000 people across the nation to win the car his dreams.
PFC Carroll entered the contest while he was deployed in Afghanistan and didn’t think he would win, but wanted to throw in his name into the mix.
The local soldier spoke about his plans to make a long distance road trip to see family and friends in his new vehicle.
The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate after a deceased female was found on railroad tracks near Mortons Gap yesterday.
The woman was identified as 36-year old Lisa Sullivan.
The Sheriff’s Office reported that an autopsy was conducted in Louisville on Sullivan and that preliminary results indicated she died from blunt force trauma caused by being struck by a train.
A news release says a CSX train crew reported an unresponsive female on the tracks near Ed Brackett Lane near Mortons Gap.
Coroner Dennis Mayfield pronounced Sullivan dead at the scene.
The case is still under investigation pending a final report from the Medical Examiners Office.