Four teenagers are injured in car-racing crash

kward1@herald-leader.comApril 5, 2014 

Four teenagers were injured early Saturday while riding in a vehicle that was racing another vehicle in Marion County.

The vehicles, a 2000 Nissan and a 2002 Subaru, were traveling north on Scotts Ridge Road when they wrecked at 1:31 a.m., according to a state police news release.

The Nissan was driven by Dakota Mattingly, 18, of Lebanon, state police said. He had been driving north in the southbound lane. The Subaru, driven by Jacob Smith, 18, of Lebanon, was in the northbound lane.

The vehicles collided at the intersection with JR Fields Road. The Subaru spun, crossed the center line, hit a tree and overturned.

None of the teenagers was wearing a seat belt, according to state police.

Smith and two of his three passengers were airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital. Smith and Michael Wimsett, 18, of Lebanon, were both listed in fair condition Saturday night. A hospital spokesman declined to release information about the other passenger, Kyle Edlin, 16, of Lebanon.

A fourth passenger in Smith's vehicle, Anthony Firment, 18, of Raywick, was taken by helicopter to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. He had been released by Saturday evening, a hospital spokesman said.

State police said they are still investigating.

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

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