3 Injury accidents, hit and run reported in recent weeks

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By Brandon Mattingly

Seven injuries were reported in three car accidents in the last three weeks, as well as a hit and run near Willisburg.

- At least four people were injured, including two children in an incident on Nov. 3.

James E. Graves, 82, of Springfield, was driving a 1994 Buick LeSabre owned by Anna L. Hayden, 77, of Bardstown, who was a passenger in the vehicle, west on Perryville Road at the time of the accident.

According to the Washington County Sheriff Department, Graves failed to yield at a right of way, attempting to turn left onto Silverton Hill Road and into an oncoming 1995 Nissan pickup truck driven by Walter M. Hoskins, 62, of London.

Damage to both vehicles was classified as very severe, resulting in injuries to both Graves and Hayden, as well as two passengers with Hoskins, age 7 and 11.

The injured were transported to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon. According to the report, two witnesses were present at the time of the incident.

- Two people were injured at the intersection of Highway 152 and US-150 on Nov. 6 after a 2008 Kia Rio driven by Myrtle Newsome, 50, of Mackville, and a 1999 Dodge Durango driven by Gerald D. Matherly, 47, of Lebanon, collided.

According to the sheriff department’s report, Newsome “stated that she stopped at the stop sign, but then said she was not sure.”

The vehicle was struck in the passenger side by Matherly, knocking both vehicles off the roadway.

Matherly stated that Newsome did not stop at the stop sign prior to the accident.

Newsome and Tammy Matherly, 40, a passenger in the Durango, were injured and transported to Spring View Hospital by Washington County EMS.
Dark, rainy conditions were cited in the police report, as well as inattention on the part of Newsome.

- Robert D. Tapscott, 24, of Willisburg, was injured in a one-vehicle accident traveling south on Lawrenceburg Road last Wednesday just shy of 2 p.m. and was taken to Spring View Hospital by Washington County EMS.

According to the sheriff department’s report, Tapscott stated that a northbound vehicle forced his 1996 Ford Explorer off the road, where he overcorrected and overturned in the middle of the roadway.

- The Washington County Sheriff Department also reported a hit and run three miles east of Willisburg on KY-433 last Thursday around 11 p.m.

A westbound 1993 Honda Civic driven by Silvestre R. Gijon, 40, of Winchester, Va., went off the left side of the road, striking a fence, a guard rail and a concrete headwall before overturning, according to the police report.

The driver left the scene of the accident and has not been located.