A Campbellsville Kentucky State Police sergeant was killed early Friday when he lost control of his cruiser on a rain-soaked curve in LaRue County and it collided with an oncoming Jeep, according to police.
Sgt. David Gibbs, 42, died at the scene of the crash on Ky. 210 near the Buffalo area, state police said in a news release.
Gibbs was westbound about 6:27 a.m. when the accident occurred near the LaRue-Taylor County line, police said. The 2015 Jeep was driven by Patrick Judd, 63, of Louisville. Judd was treated at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. His injuries weren't considered life-threatening.
Weather is considered a contributing factor in the crash.
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Trooper Kendra Wilson, public affairs officer for the Frankfort post, said she met Gibbs when she was assigned to the Columbia post. At that time, he was a road trooper but was about to be promoted to sergeant, Wilson said.
"He was very, very funny. He was very dedicated," Wilson said. "He always looked good; he always represented the agency well. He was well liked, well respected" by other troopers.
Gibbs, who was not married, was about to be promoted to lieutenant, Wilson said.
"He was just a really, really nice, good guy," she said. "It's just very difficult when this kind of thing happens, because it's family," Wilson said. "He dedicated his life to serving his community and the people around him."
The family has requested that expressions of sympathy be sent to Trooper Island Camp Inc. at P.O. Box 473, Albany, KY 42602. The camp's phone number is (270) 433-5422.