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Anderson County crash kills one and injures one; deputy opens fire

A person in the white Chevrolet Impala, foreground, died after a three-vehicle crash that also involved a semi and a dark Chevrolet Malibu in the background. The crash happened Wednesday morning in Lawrenceburg at the intersection of the U.S. 127 Bypass and U.S. 62. Photo by Greg Kocher | Staff
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A person in the white Chevrolet Impala, foreground, died after a three-vehicle crash that also involved a semi and a dark Chevrolet Malibu in the background. The crash happened Wednesday morning in Lawrenceburg at the intersection of the U.S. 127 Bypass and U.S. 62. Photo by Greg Kocher | Staff gkocher1@herald-leader.com Greg Kocher | Staff

LAWRENCEBURG — A Lawrenceburg man died and a woman was injured in a three-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

In a related incident, another driver was charged with wanton endangerment after a vehicle nearly struck a deputy sheriff directing traffic at the crash scene, said Kevin Calhoon, a spokesman for Kentucky State Police. The deputy fired at the vehicle, Calhoon said.

Ralph G. Coy, 65, of Lawrenceburg, died at the scene, state police said in a media release.

Coy, driving a 2002 Chevrolet Impala, was stopped on the southbound U.S. 127 Bypass at the intersection of U.S. 62 when his car was struck from behind by a 2008 Peterbilt tractor-trailer.

The Peterbilt continued through the intersection and struck a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Victoria Fowler, 35, police said; they did not list her address. Fowler was taken by helicopter to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where she was in fair condition Wednesday night.

Mark W. French, 50, of Broadford, Va., the driver of the tractor-trailer, was not injured.

The incident with the deputy sheriff occurred as traffic was directed around the crash scene. The driver of a vehicle failed to yield to the deputy's commands to stop or move away, Calhoon said.

"At that time, the deputy felt that his life was in danger, deployed his firearm and fired shots at the vehicle," Calhoon said. He didn't know whether the vehicle was struck.

WKYT-TV identified the driver as John Breeze Jr. of Lawrenceburg. A man by that name was in the Franklin County Regional Detention Center with no bond on Wednesday night. He was charged with wanton endangerment, careless driving and disregarding a signal from a police officer.

WKYT identified Matt Rogers as the deputy.

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