Ministry student charged in crash of church van, car in Georgetown

kward1@herald-leader.comJune 15, 2013 

A 22-year-old ministry student has been jailed on a charge of reckless homicide after a crash involving a church van killed a woman in Georgetown on Friday.

Tyler Knueppel, of Wisconsin, was released Saturday from the Scott County Detention center on $20,000 bond, a jail employee said.

Sgt. Brian Moore of the Georgetown police said Knueppel ran a red light Friday afternoon while driving the Bluegrass Baptist Church van, hitting a car driven by Vickie Carol Lynch, 49, of Georgetown.

Lynch was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:55 p.m., Scott County Coroner John Goble said.

The crash occurred at about 1:30 p.m. on the inner loop of the Georgetown Bypass and Paris Road near Kmart, Georgetown Police Capt. Robert Swanigan said.

Moore said Saturday that there was no indication that drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash.

"It was just complete inattention," he said.

Moore said there were no signs that the van's brakes were applied before hitting the car, and a witness told police that the light had been red for a little while.

"It didn't just turn red," Moore said.

Knueppel and another person riding in the church van were not hurt.

Knueppel declined a request for an interview Saturday afternoon.

The website for Bluegrass Baptist Church in Georgetown indicates that Minutemen Ministries, an organization based in Milwaukee, Wis., was scheduled to host an activity for teens called The War at the church on Wednesday through Friday nights.

Knueppel is listed on Minutemen Ministries' website as a member of the ministry team for The War.

The site says he is a senior at Baptist College of Ministry who was spending the summer traveling with Minutemen as part of his school's internship requirements.

Arrangements for Lynch are incomplete at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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