Kentucky State Police Trooper Jonathan Biven was on duty traveling southbound in a caravan with other troopers on U.S. 31-W, just north of Park City. The troopers were coming from a firing range when Biven, the public affairs officer for state police Post 3 in Bowling Green, crossed the center line with his Ford Crown Victoria.
Biven drove head-on into a 2003 Ford Mustang driven by 33-year-old Nurcan Ceylan. Ceylan was traveling with Samuel H. Parker, 54, both from New Jersey. Ceylan was flown to Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown for medical treatment, but was pronounced dead. Parker, her passenger, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the accident scene.
Biven suffered minor facial injuries and other non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow for medical treatment.
Accident reconstruction experts are investigating the crash to determine what went wrong. They will also be reviewing the recorder on the police cruiser in hopes of determining exactly what happened. They do not believe speed, alcohol, or drugs were factors in this fatal Kentucky crash.
Schachter, Hendy, & Johnson would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Nurcan Ceylan.