2 killed in chain of I-75 crashes were trying to help others; driver in first wreck charged with DUI

jwarren@herald-leader.comFebruary 10, 2014 

Bryan Mangan

The photos on Meredith L. Buscher's Facebook page tell the story of a vibrant young woman, a pretty blonde who is shown smiling on her graduation day, at the beach with her boyfriend, leaning in close to her grandmother.

Buscher was one of two people who were killed Sunday night after a series of collisions that police say were sparked by a drunken driver on Interstate 75 in Madison County.

Troopers arrested Bryan M. Mangan, 56, of South Bend, Ind., and took him to the Madison County jail, according to state police at the Richmond post. Mangan was charged with aggravated drunken driving and driving on a suspended license.

State police identified the two who were killed as Buscher, 22, of Richmond, and Jeffrey R. Campbell, 30, of Louisville.

Campbell died at the scene. Buscher died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Buscher and Campbell had left their cars to help others involved in the collisions when they were struck by a vehicle driven by Clifford H. Steinhauer, 41, of Fort Thomas, said trooper Robert Purdy, public affairs officer with the Richmond post.

Steinhauer, who was injured in the crash, was listed in fair condition Monday afternoon at UK Chandler Hospital.

The crash occurred about 7:30 p.m. Sunday about 2 miles north of Richmond exit 90, state police said.

Purdy described the wreck as a rapid series of several separate collisions involving at least five vehicles.

Mangan was driving north when he lost control of his 1999 Ford Explorer, striking a guardrail and colliding with several vehicles.

Police said Mangan's SUV overturned and came to a stop, partly blocking the left lane of I-75. More collisions followed as approaching drivers tried to avoid Mangan's vehicle, police said.

Purdy said Steinhauer was driving a 1997 Toyota 4-Runner that hit Buscher and Campbell. No charges are expected to be filed against him.

"It was pretty complicated, and we were busy most of the evening trying to put everything together," Purdy said.

The investigation probably will take some time to complete, he said.

Buscher was a recent graduate of UK who worked as a recruiter for Insight Global. She attended Madison Central High School.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Richmond. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Thursday at the church. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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