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Blackwater Road accident victim is Laurel County’s 13th fatality of the year

A single vehicular crash that transpired on Blackwater Road (Kentucky Route 1803) in Laurel County, Kentucky on Thursday, December 15 at around 7 a.m. resulted in the death of 66-year-old Marydell Road in London resident Donnie Ray Smith, who was considered the county’s 13th fatality of the year.

Investigators have suggested that the man had been traveling east on Blackwater and left the road briefly while on a curve, overcorrecting and going into the opposite ditch, rolling several times. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

A Barbourville woman who was killed on November 30 along Kentucky Route 229 during a single vehicular accident had been the last fatality for the year until Smith’s death. Other fatalities included a pedestrian getting struck by an oncoming vehicle, three that involved an all-terrain vehicle, and one that involved a motorcycle. The fatality count was nearly double that of the previous year.

Our most sincere condolences from Sampson Law Firm go out to the victim and his loved ones.


Bowman two-vehicle collision kills two

Two people lost their lives during a deadly two-vehicle collision that happened on Monday, November 28 before 2 p.m. at Taylorsville Road and Betty Lane near Louisville, Kentucky.

According to preliminary investigations, as reported by Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell, a sedan driver attempted to make a left turn from Dutchmans Lane towards eastbound Taylorsville Road and crashed into a pickup truck that was headed west on Taylorsville Road.

The driver and the passenger of the sedan were declared dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the pickup truck, on the other hand, was brought to the University of Louisville Hospital to receive immediate medical attention for his minor injuries.

Our most sincere condolences from the Sampson Law Firm go out to the victims and their loved ones, as well as hope for the speedy recovery of the surviving driver.


Two dead in Bowman Field collision

Two people lost their lives after a two-vehicle collision occurred near Bowman Field on Taylorsville Road. The accident, which occurred near Betty Lane in Louisville, Kentucky, happened last Monday, November 28.

According to preliminary investigations made by local police, a white pickup truck was traveling west on Taylorsville Road when it collided with a green car that was trying to turn onto Taylorsville Road. The passenger and the driver in the car died at the scene of the accident, police said. On the other hand, the driver of the pickup truck was brought to a nearby hospital for the immediate treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

At the Sampson Law Firm, we see the aftermath of tragic car accidents far too often. Our sincerest thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the victims as they mourn the sudden loss of their loved ones.


McCracken County vehicular accident injures four teenagers

McCracken County Sheriff’s Department deputies reported a single-vehicle accident, which occurred around 11:16 p.m. on Friday, November 11 in the 5700 block of Old Mayfield Road, caused injuries to four teenagers.

According to preliminary investigations, 16-year-old Paducah resident Jacoy-ce Hunt was driving along Old Mayfield Road when he lost control of the vehicle by swerving to avoid an animal standing in the middle of the road. The swerve caused the vehicle to hit a culvert before flipping over. Hunt and three other teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 sustained non-life-threatening injuries. They were all taken to Lourdes Hospital to receive medical attention.

A personal injury accident does not cause only emotional and physical trauma, but also forces victims to undergo a painful recovery process involving expensive medical bills as a result. If you were the victim of a personal injury accident due to the negligent actions of other people in Louisville and other areas in Kentucky, get in touch with our attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm by calling our offices today at (502) 584-5050 so we can help you file the appropriate lawsuit.


Two killed in Hebron vehicular accident

Two residents of Louisville, Kentucky lost their lives in a vehicular accident in Hebron on Saturday, October 22. The Boone County accident killed 27-year-old Benkat Prashant Kommu and 25-year-old Raja Sakar Reddy Yarmala.

According to preliminary investigations made by police investigators, the driver of the vehicle veered off the roadway, went airborne, and then crashed into a tree. Although Kommu and Yarmala were killed because the vehicle lost control, a third passenger and the vehicle’s driver remained unharmed during the incident. Police investigators are currently conducting further probes into the matter to find out what factors might have contributed to the crash in the first place.

At the Sampson Law Firm, our attorneys handle tragic and fatal cases such as this one far too often. Our thoughts and condolences are with the friends and family of the victims in this accident as they mourn the loss of their loved ones.


One dies in Outer Loop vehicular accident

A woman lost her life and another was injured on Saturday, October 22 just before 5:30 a.m. in a hit-and-run accident near the corner of Outer Loop and Grade Lane in Louisville, Kentucky.

According to Louisville Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Alicia Smiley, the two women were riding in a Dodge Caliber westbound along the Outer Loop when a Volkswagen Jetta turning onto the road from Grade Lane collided with their vehicle. This incident caused the two women to get out of their vehicle. As they were standing near their car and surveying the damage the collision brought on, a Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck headed east on Outer Loop crashed into the two women and their vehicle. The driver of the pickup truck left the scene of the accident. One of the women died because of her mortal injuries at the scene while the other woman was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of her injuries of an unknown nature.

The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department is asking the public who may have information regarding the incident to contact them by calling 574-LMPD (5673).


One dead and one hurt in Louisville single-vehicle accident

One individual lost her life and another sustained minor injuries after a single-vehicle accident, which occurred around 11 p.m. last Sunday, October 2. The accident happened as the driver attempted to use the ramp at Gene Snyder heading northbound to merge onto Interstate 64 East in Louisville.

The coroner identified the deceased victim as 28-year-old Jessica Smith, who was driving at the time of the accident. According to preliminary investigations, Smith lost control of the wheel, causing the vehicle to flip over. In the process, Smith and her male passenger were both thrown out of the vehicle. Police officers noted that neither the driver nor the passenger had a seat belt securing them at the time of the incident. They flipped and hit the guardrail on the interstate. Smith’s passenger is receiving treatment at University Hospital.

At the Sampson Law Firm, we see tragic accidents such as this one far too often. Our condolences are with the family of the victim as they mourn the loss of their loved one.


School bus-vehicle collision kills woman

A school bus-vehicle collision that occurred just before 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 26 in the 10000 block of Indiana State Road 62 near Indiana State Road 3 in Charlestown, Indiana resulted in the death of one woman.

Charlestown Fire Department Battalion Chief Andre Heal said a school bus was at a full stop at a railroad crossing when the vehicle crashed into it.

A woman, who had her daughters with her in the vehicle when the accident took place, was driving the car. She died at the scene fo the accident. The victim’s daughters were brought to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville and are expected to make a fast recovery.

Charlestown police are conducting further investigations into the matter to find out what caused the crash in the first place.

Our thoughts at Sampson Law Firm go out to the victim and her family. We understand that accidents involving large vehicles are often very tragic.


Suspect in former cheerleader’s death will not get reduced bail

On Friday, August 12, Judge Ann Haynie refused to change the $100,000 bond  amount she assigned to 34-year-old Bradley Caraway. Charges against Caraway include murder in relation to the vehicular death of 25-year-old former University of Louisville at Kentucky cheerleader Shenae Moorman.

David Lambertus, Caraway’s legal counsel, asked Haynie if Caraway could post 10% of the $100,000 bond. She refused the request but said she would allow that Caraway post property as bond. If Caraway chooses to post property, his bond amount increases to $200,000 and he will be subjected to random alcohol and drug testing. Judge Haynie refused the request because of Caraway’s history of driving while intoxicated.

Prosecutor Paul Richwalski objected to any form of bond reduction, noting, “Although this defendant is charged with murder and murder only at this time, along with leaving the scene of the accident, and there’s no DUI attached to it, I cannot say for certain that won’t come at a later date, which makes that vehicular homicide, alcohol involved, relevant.”

If you are harmed during a motor vehicle accident in Louisville due to the irresponsible and negligent actions of other motorists, seek the legal representation of the team at the Sampson Law Firm. Contact us by calling our offices today at (502) 584-5050 to discuss your legal options.


Man charged with murder in Jeffersontown pedestrian accident

Twenty-six-year-old Juan Carlos Ortega-Santos of Louisville was charged with murder after he allegedly struck and killed a 16-year-old female and a 10-year-old female with his car. The accident occurred near Taylorsville Road and Farrish Drive at around 9:45 p.m. last Tuesday, an arrest citation issued last Wednesday, June 22 showed.

According to preliminary investigations, Ortega-Santos was headed north on Taylorsville Road when he drove into the bicycle lane, where a group of four young girls were standing. Two of the four girls were hit by Ortega-Santos’ car. Ten-year-old Alena Clay was declared dead at the scene of the accident, and 16-year-old Tyeisha Lacy was transported to Kosair’s Children’s Hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries. A third girl sustained minor wounds and was also taken to Children’s Kosair’s Hospital.

The attorneys at The Sampson Law Firm are deeply saddened by this terrible accident. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families of the victims as they mourn the loss of their loved ones.