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Kenneth Hartsock, 48, Sarah Willis, 70, John Willis, 79, and Gloria Roaden, 72, killed in head-on wreck on Highland Avenue and Reeves Drive in Fort Wright, Kentucky

Modified Date: 
Tue, 11/03/2015 - 9:58am
Accident Date: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AirCare responds to crash in Fort Wright

Authorities said AirCare was flying to a crash at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Reeves Drive in Fort Wright. First responders said at least one person was seriously hurt in the crash. The intersection is closed, police said.

4 dead after head-on collision in Fort Wright

Police say witnesses saw Hartsock driving erratically down Highland Pike when his vehicle crossed into the oncoming lanes, striking the Willis' vehicle. Hartsock was the only person inside his vehicle. Investigators are trying to determine whether impaired driving or a medical issue contributed to the crash.

Neighbor on scene following fatal Ft. Wright desribes crash as 'horrific'

The crash happened around 3 p.m. near the intersection of Highland Avenue and Reeves Drive in Fort Wright, authorities said. Kenton County police confirmed four people died in a two car crash in Fort Wright Tuesday afternoon. The Fort Wright police patrol this area regularly and it just didn't seem like the place that would have an accident,'€ said Theall. The two cars were reduced to mangled metal. '€œI arrived on scene immediately following the accident and all I could see was that there was a horrific crash,'€ said neighbor Michael Theall, who was taking a walk when the crash happened. '€œAll I could see was a lot of crumpled cars." Police said the KCPD Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team were called to the scene.

Toxicology report: At-fault driver had traces of drugs in bloodstream

Investigators determined that a Northern Kentucky man accused of causing a fatal crash in Kenton County on Sept. 1 had traces of heroin, Fentanyl and THC in his bloodstream at the time of the crash. Sanders said his office has alerted law enforcement throughout Kenton County that anyone caught driving after using heroin should face felony charges, even if drugs are not found in the vehicle. Hartsock's vehicle struck a passenger vehicle, which was being driven by Sarah Willis of Bromley, Kentucky, head-on. We just had to figure out why,” said Jones. “Even though there is no one to prosecute, it is important for the community to learn exactly what happened, especially when it has to do with heroin and drugged driving,” Sanders said. Authorities said Kenneth Hartsock of Edgewood, Kentucky, was eastbound on Highland Avenue in Fort Wright when he drifted into the emergency lane, hit a guardrail and eventually traveled back into the roadway, across the double yellow line, and into oncoming traffic.

Medical examiner: Heroin to blame in crash that killed 4

Fentanyl is a strong painkiller that is sometimes mixed with heroin and is approximately 30 to 50 times stronger than pharmaceutical grade heroin.
Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Kenneth Hartsock
Sarah Willis
John Willis
Gloria Roaden

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