A tragic auto accident in Northern Kentucky occurred that claimed the life of a pregnant woman. According to authorities, the fatal Louisville car crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 06, 2013. Police indicated that the crash took place on Interstate 71 South near the Gene Snyder Freeway. It appeared that the SUV was traveling around 72 miles per hour prior to traveling off the side of the road.
The GMC Envoy flipped over a guardrail, rolled several times, and hit a tree. Sadly, an unnamed pregnant woman was ejected in the crash. Police do not believe she was wearing her seat belt when the wreck occurred. She was taken to University Hospital in Louisville where she died. At this time, there is no word on how far along the pregnancy was or if the fetus was saved.
There were two other women traveling in the SUV at the time of the crash who were wearing seat belts and suffered critical injuries. A witness to the crash told police that the two women were trapped and pinned inside the vehicle. It took the Worthington Fire Department about 50 minutes to free the two women inside the SUV because they had to cut the vehicle apart in order to get the women out.
Due to the seriousness of this wreck, I-71 was shut down for some time during the morning. Although none of the victims’ names have been released, police have indicated that the women were from out of state.
Initial reports indicated that the crash occurred because the driver of the SUV swerved to avoid a semi, but Dwight Mitchell, an LMPD spokesman, indicated that it could have been a tire issue. Police are still investigating to determine the cause of the crash.
Our Northern Kentucky personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, and we would like to wish the two women injured full recoveries.