Hopkins County, KY (7/24/12) – This morning, SurfKY News released an article and pictures of a violent, single-vehicle fatality accident at the 33 mile marker of the Pennyrile Parkway (click here for original article).
One of the occupants of the blue 2006 Chevy Suburban was killed in the accident, while two others were transported to Regional Medical Center for treatment.
According to a release from Kentucky State Police, the driver, 25-year-old Germain Rojas of Knoxville, attempted to regain control of the vehicle after it blew the right rear tire while northbound on the parkway.
“His right side passenger, Salvador Alvarez who had his seat belt on at the time, took off his seat belt to help the driver get control of the vehicle,” reads the release.
“The back passenger, Mr. Santiago Ocadiz, also came to the front of the vehicle to help the driver gain control of the vehicle. The vehicle went slightly off the edge of the right side shoulder, came back onto the roadway, but overcorrected towards the left side shoulder. Mr. Rojas traveled approximately 200 feet trying to control the vehicle, but again over corrected, went off the right side shoulder and struck the guardrail. The vehicle came back onto the roadway and flipped in the median where it came to final rest facing south bound.”
Salvador Alvarez, 34 of Knoxville, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Ocadiz, 23 of Knoxville, and Rojas were transported for evaluation and treatment.
Investigating Officer: Trooper Luis Palmer, Unit 491
Other Officer/Agency: TRP Winter TRP Sawyer, Hopkins County Sherriff and EMS
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