On Thursday, July 12, 2012, two Kentucky women and a 26-week-old unborn child were killed in separate Northern Kentucky auto accidents that occurred 25 miles apart from one another.
The first fatal crash, which occurred Thursday afternoon around 3:00 PM, took place on northbound Interstate 75 near the Richwood exit. According to the Boone County Sheriff’s office, 31-year-old Connie Sutherland, of Salyersville, was the driver who died in this wreck.
The second fatal auto accident took place around 4:30 PM the same afternoon on Interstate 471, close to the I-275 interchange in Southgate. According to the Southgate police, Lori Howe, 24, of Wilder, and her unborn son died from the serious injuries suffered in this wreck.
In this crash, Howe was one of eight people injured in a 10-car pileup. According to police, the accident happened when a driver who was traveling northbound on I-471 lost control of his van. He crossed the median and went into the lanes of southbound traffic, hitting two cars before continuing across the roadway. Howe was a passenger in that van and was ejected from the vehicle because she was not wearing a seat belt.
Emergency crews transported Howe to University Hospital for medical care, but she later died in the operating room. The other seven injured people were transported to area hospitals for medical treatment. The southbound lanes of I-471 were reopened about four hours following the crash.
Sadly, Howe, a single mother, left behind a 5-year-old son. She had no life insurance, so her family is trying to establish an education fund for her son.
Our Northern Kentucky personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Schachter, Hendy, & Johnson would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lori Howe and Connie Sutherland during this very difficult time.