Jessamine County

Third victim, 5, in Nicholasville crash dies; second driver identified

A third person has died after a three-vehicle accident Sunday in Nicholasville. Lauren Osland, 5, was a passenger in a Ford pickup that was hit head-on on U.S. 27 on Sunday afternoon. She died Sunday night at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, the hospital confirmed.

Two other passengers in the truck were injured. Rachel Osland, 33, was in serious on Monday and Michael Osland, 10, was in critical condition, according to hospital spokeswoman Elizabeth Adams.

The driver of a maroon Ford Explorer that hit the truck was identified Monday by Jessamine County Coroner Michael Hughes as Robbie Chaffins, 51, of Clay City.

Chaffins was pronounced dead at the scene; an autopsy was performed Monday. Results of toxicology tests for drugs and alcohol are not expected for three weeks.

Chaffins' vehicle crossed the center line, glanced off one car before hitting the pickup, driven by Rusty Johnson, 28, of Lexington, according to Nicholasville police.

Johnson also was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said it did not appear that Chaffins' vehicle slowed down or braked before the crash.

According to WKYT, Nicholasville police said the passengers were Johnson's fiancée and her two children.

Hughes said Lauren Osland was thought to have been in a child safety seat, which was broken by the impact of the crash.

The crash closed southbound lanes of U.S. 27 for several hours Sunday while police investigated.

A woman in the car that was struck first managed to avoid the crash by swerving, according to Nicholasville police. She was not injured.

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