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Head-On Owen County Car Crash Kills Best Friends

Posted on Mar 09, 2013

A tragic Northern Kentucky car accident occurred on Monday, February 18, 2013, when a pickup truck crossed the center line of Highway 127, north of Frankfort, and collided into another vehicle head-on. Brad Arterburn, spokesman for Kentucky State Police Post 5, told The State Journal that the Owen County car crash occurred near the intersection with Long Ridge-Sweet Owen Road around 5:15 p.m.

Gary Sigretto, 51, driver of the pickup truck, crossed the center line on US-127 for an unknown reason and slammed into a car. The other vehicle involved was driven by Lillie Newby, 73, and she was traveling with her 76-year-old friend Patricia Gibson, both of Frankfort. Although both women were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, they suffered life-threatening injuries in this head-on crash and were transported to New Horizons Medical Center in Owenton. Sadly, the Owen County coroner pronounced them both dead.

Sigretto suffered serious injuries in the wreck as well and was airlifted to University of Cincinnati Hospital for medical care. Police are not sure what caused Sigretto to cross over the line, and they say toxicology results are pending.

The two Frankfort women who died side by side were best friends and had lived next door to each other on Logan Street for over 40 years. “If they had to go, together was the best because one would be a wreck without the other,” said Dorah Ballard, Lillie Newby’s daughter. Patricia Gibson’s oldest daughter said, “They were always playing cards and doing things they enjoyed doing.”

The Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Lille Newby and Patricia Gibson during this difficult time.

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