During the holiday period, there are always several motor vehicle accidents that produce injuries - some of them fatal. One such fatal car crash in Louisville occurred on December 26, 2012, when a car ran off the road and flipped, killing a male passenger.
This Louisville car accident took place on Newburg Road near Broadmoor just prior to midnight on Wednesday night. The victim was identified as 24-year-old Alfredo Zepeda-Rodriguez. Reports indicated that he was riding in the back seat of the car and died from multiple blunt force injuries. He was taken to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Joshua Mendez, 25, the driver of the car, was arrested and charged with murder. The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) indicated that Mendez was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. However, the LMPD is still investigating.
Sadly, this fatal car accident wasn’t the only one in Kentucky that took place around the holiday travel period. According to preliminary statistics from the Kentucky State Police, 11 people died in five different wrecks on Kentucky roads in Christian, Clark, Jefferson, Knox, and Pike counties. Three of the five crashes involved alcohol, and six of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 11 deaths, one was a pedestrian in Jefferson County and the others were motorists.
Preliminary statistics through December 25 indicate that 729 people died in Kentucky motor vehicle crashes during 2012, which show an increase of 16 more deaths than the prior year. The statistics include:
- 317 victims who died were not wearing their seat belts.
- 139 fatalities resulted from driving under the influence of alcohol.
- 66 fatal wrecks involved a motorcycle – 39 victims were not wearing helmets.
- 64 fatal crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle.
- 53 fatal accidents involved a pedestrian.
- 7 fatal crashes involved a bicycle.
Our Northern Kentucky personal injury lawyers offer our condolences to the family and friends of all who died in motor vehicle crashes this year.