The public might think that highway patrol officers and similar emergency responders become hardened to their jobs, especially the sight of dead or grievously injured human beings. The reactions of Boone county sheriff’s deputies to a recent accident involving four teenagers might belie this assumption.
Four teenagers were traveling in a Chrysler PT Cruiser along Tanner Road in Hebron, Ky., when the driver inexplicably lost control of the vehicle. The car crossed the center line and crashed into two unoccupied vehicles parked in a residential driveway. The driver was a 16-year old girl who suffered non-life threatening injuries. Both the front seat passenger, an 18-year-old girl, and the right rear seat passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. The left rear seat passenger, an 18-year old male, also suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was taken by Air Care to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
One of the Boone County sheriff’s deputies told the media that their job is not easy when they experience a crash scene such as this one. “When you walk up to something like that you see a deceased body, let alone it be a teenager. That is . . . it’s tragic.” The deputy said that the deputies found no initial indication that drugs or alcohol was a factor in the accident, but the incident remains under investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction team.
Anyone who has lost a loved one or suffered a serious injury under similar circumstances may want to seek advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer. A knowledgeable attorney can provide a useful analysis of the evidence and an opinion on the likelihood of recovering damages.