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A bicyclist was killed late Sunday night in Laurel County when he was struck by a Kentucky State Police cruiser that was answering a non-emergency call.

The victim, identified by police as Chris Powers, 26, of Jonesboro, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second bicyclist involved in the incident, Kevin Alshouse, 26, of McHenry, Ill., was treated at the scene for minor injuries, police said.

The crash occurred just before 11 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 25 south of London. It closed the highway for several hours.

According to state police, the incident occurred as Trooper Christopher Roberts, 31, was driving south on U.S. 25 to answer a non-emergency call.

Police said Roberts was traveling behind a white Plymouth passenger car driven by Ramondo Cabrera-Ceron,. According to preliminary reports, the Plymouth apparently stopped in the roadway and Roberts swerved to the right to avoid hitting it.

In doing so, Roberts' cruiser sideswiped the car and then struck the two bicyclists.

Cabrera-Ceron and a male juvenile passenger in his car were not injured.

Roberts is a five year state police veteran.

The case remains under investigation.


Alcohol may be factor in New Circle fatality

Lexington police say that alcohol might have been involved in a collision on New Circle Road Sunday night that killed one pedestrian and severely injured another. According to witnesses and police, two pedestrians, Michael R. Stamper and Joy Michelle Cummins, were crossing New Circle Road from the center median near Bryan Station Road when they were struck by a red Toyota Matrix at 8:53 p.m. In a statement, police said Michael D. Roberts, 33, of Lexington, continued driving the Matrix for about 1,000 feet after the collision. Stamper, 56, was killed by the impact. Cummins was transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police. Information about Cummins' condition was not available Monday evening, a UK Hospital spokeswoman said. Police released the names of the driver and the pedestrians on Monday. A news release stated that police were investigating whether to criminally charge Roberts. The release also stated that alcohol is suspected in the crash. Police declined further comment.

Breathitt County

Man dies in single-car wreck

A Jackson man died Monday in a traffic accident on Ky. 1110 in Haddix in Breathitt County, state police said. John L. Combs, 32, was traveling west when he lost control of his vehicle and drove over an embankment. State troopers in Hazard were called at 12:15 p.m. and discovered the vehicle 85 feet from the road and overturned. Combs, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

lake Cumberland

Two dead in two accidents

Two people died Sunday in separate incidents at Lake Cumberland in Russell County, the county coroner said. William Todd Jackson, 44, of Lexington, died after the boat he was driving hit a small island called Cemetery Island. The boat flipped and Jackson was pinned underneath, Russell County Coroner Larry Skaggs said. It was dark out and Jackson probably did not see the island until it was too late, Skaggs said. The crash occurred about 1 a.m. The only passenger, Jennifer Haag, 42, was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington with non-life threatening injuries. Gina Lynn Lawless, 55, of Russell Springs, drowned Sunday afternoon, Skaggs said. Lawless, who had been swimming with a friend near Pleasant Hill, was found floating in the water by people on the shore. Witnesses were unable to revive her, and she was declared dead at 5 p.m. CST, Skaggs said.


Court seat now undisputed

A Hyden lawyer who was running for retired Chief Justice Joseph Lambert's state Supreme Court seat has withdrawn from the race, according to the secretary of state's Web site. Leonard Brashear's withdrawal means that Justice Daniel J. Venters, of Somerset, is certain to keep his seat. Venters was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear in August. He will now be the only candidate on the ballot for the November election to fill the remainder of Lambert's term, which expires in 2010. Lambert retired in June. Venters represents the third Supreme Court District, which comprises 27 south-central Kentucky counties.

Staff, wire reports