Head-on crash kills driver in Somerset

bestep@herald-leader.comMarch 17, 2013 

A Somerset man was killed Saturday night when another car collided head-on with his car, according to Somerset police.

The wreck happened after a Pulaski County sheriff's deputy saw a car driven by Justin Litton, 36, of Somerset, parked at a closed business on west Ky. 80 with headlights off just before 10 p.m. When the deputy turned to check on the vehicle, Litton pulled out and drove toward Somerset, according to a news release.

A short distance later, Litton's 1998 Nissan crossed into the other lane and collided head-on with a 2005 Suzuki driven by Levi Stephens, 33, of Somerset.

Both drivers had to be extricated from their cars.

Stephens was taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, where he died a short time later, Somerset police detective Shannon Smith said.

Litton was taken by air ambulance to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, Smith said.

Police are investigating whether alcohol use was a factor in the wreck.

No charges had been filed as of Sunday, Smith said.

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