High speed, heavy fog and alcohol all are possible factors in a fatal early-morning car crash Friday on a winding residential Lexington street, Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said.
The crash occurred about 5 a.m. on Lakeshore Drive near Waters Edge Place.
Ginn said the vehicle went off the road, slammed into a tree and went down an embankment near a reservoir. The impact sent debris in all directions, including the engine, which was thrown nearly 20 feet from the vehicle. Alcohol containers were found near the car.
The driver, 25-year old Ethan Earlywine, was thrown from the car and was found dead, Ginn said. Earlywine had multiple blunt force injuries.
The passenger was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with serious injuries but will live, he said.
An autopsy is scheduled to be conducted on Earlywine, the coroner said.
Judith Witing-Cannon, who takes care of a family near the crash scene, said it was “very, very scary” to see the wreckage.
Witing-Cannon said it’s hard to imagine anyone driving fast in fog on a winding residential road.
“You have to slow down, especially when it’s foggy like this. You’ll get this several times a week, this kind of fog. I can only imagine what the fog looked like earlier for an accident.”
She said she doesn’t see accidents in the area too often, and especially not fatal crashes.