More details are now known about the single vehicle wreck on Calvin drive that caused a major gas leak and power outages.
The incident happened around 10:40, according to the report from Hopkinsville Police, which says 28-year old Eric Davie of Hopkinsville was eastbound on Calvin when he ran off the road and across a gravel parking lot where it made contact with a wooden telephone pole.
After the collision, Davie’s vehicle struck a mailbox, crossed the lot entrance and struck a gas line—knocking it open. Davie, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown to the passenger side and lodged in between the seat and dashboard, though he said he wasn’t in any pain and only had scratches to his arm. His vehicle came to final rest after colliding with Ben Tire Distributors.
Davie said he believed he blacked out, but no witnesses could confirm it as their line of vision restricted them from seeing him in the vehicle during the wreck. A check through the ECC confirmed Davie was driving on a suspended license.
WHOP, Hopkinsville and those who have listened to radio programs across the country over the last several decades have lost a true friend—as longtime Early Bird Show co-host Dave Ralston has passed away as a result of a long illness at the age of 73.
Ralston chose to come back home to Todd and Christian Counties nearly ten years ago and finished the last eight and a half years of his illustrious broadcasting career at WHOP on the Early Bird Show.
A native of Fairview, Ralston worked at major radio stations in New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, Miami, St. Louis and other metropolitan cities.
WHOP General Manager Mike Chadwell talked about Ralston’s long career and time in Hopkinsville, saying he was a “true broadcast professional” from the “old school of broadcasting.”
Everyone who knew Dave liked Dave because of his easygoing demeanor and likeability. You couldn’t not like him, especially when he’d answer nearly any question with “you bet your life!”
Dave would do anything for anybody and that’s why this radio station and community will never be quite the same without him.
Ralston is survived by his daughter Darla of Florida, sister Margaret Taylor of Fairview and brother Retired General Joe Ralston of Alaska.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete at Latham Funeral Home in Elkton.
Garrett Dye waits alone in court/photo by Adam May
Formal sentencing was held in Todd Ciruit Court this morning for the young man who admitted to beating his 9-year old adopted sister to death in February.
WHOP's Adam May was there and files this story.
(click on "Nov 23" story in link to hear sentencing story)
A single vehicle wreck on Calvin Drive late this morning caused a significant natural gas leak and downed power lines.
The incident happened around 10:45 in between Jones Brothers towing and the Pennyrile Parkway underpass, with Hopkinsville Police Officer Paul Ray saying an SUV ran off the roadway and ran into a warehouse building.
The vehicle also collided with a power pole and an Atmos Natural Gas line. Officer Ray said the leak was significant and could be heard from a distance. Atmos came to the scene to shut the leak and that there are significant power outages in the area—including portions of Skyline Drive.
The driver of the vehicle was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Kentucky drivers are getting a slight break at the pump just ahead of the holiday weekend.
Triple-A shows the price for a gallon of regular unleaded is down nearly 12-cents from a month ago. The $3.24 price is still up nearly 50-cents from a year ago.
The average price in Hopkinsville is also around $3.24, ranging from a low of $3.17 and a high of $3.32. A gallon of unleaded is a little cheaper in Oak Grove, where the average is about $3.23 and the prices range from $3.15 to $3.29.
The price in Clarksville is even less expensive, coming in at an average of around $3.20, according to MSN.com. The average price for a gallon in Tennessee is $3.14.