Winter weather contributes to accidents around the county

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By Brandon Mattingly

Winter weather has made an impact on the roadways in recent weeks, with the Springfield Police Department reporting seven minor accidents, including a hit-and-run that was resolved. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported working an injury accident last week at the intersection of Bloomfield Road and US 150.


That accident occurred last Monday around 3:30 p.m., when the Ford Mustang driven by Andrew M. Downs, 19, of Bardstown, was struck while traveling north on Bloomfield Road and attempting to pass through the intersection. The collision with Joseph C. Donahue’s, 47, of Bardstown, Toyota pickup truck resulted in injuries to Downs, as well as one of his passengers, Darrin Thomas, 20, a student at St. Catharine College. The injured were transported to University of Louisville Hospital and Spring View Hospital, respectively.

According to the report, Downs failed to stop at the stop sign and yield the right-of-way to Donahue. Another passenger of Downs’—Danielle Coulter, 18, of Springfield—was uninjured in the accident and told authorities that Downs looked both ways as he approached the intersection, but did not see a vehicle coming prior to the collision.

The incident was recorded by a surveillance camera at a nearby business.

Springfield Police were able to close a hit-and-run case at St. Catharine College last Tuesday. According to the report, campus security informed police upon arrival that a witness had seen a vehicle hit another car before backing up and parking in another part of the parking lot. The witness also provided security with the license plate number of the vehicle.

Springfield Police were able to locate the driver, Chase M. Cambron of Cox’s Creek, who reportedly admitted he “panicked and left.” Cambron was cited for leaving the scene of an accident.