One person died and another suffered possible life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle crash Monday evening on Liberty Road that might have involved alcohol, Lexington police said.
The driver of a green Chevrolet Blazer headed west on Liberty Road lost control near a curve on Appletree Lane and crossed over the center line and into the path of an eastbound, silver Ford Escape, Lexington police Lt. Chris Van Brackel said. The Escape hit the passenger side of the Blazer about 6 p.m., he said.
A male passenger in the back seat was thrown into the very back of the Blazer, van Brackel said.
Richard Hendron, 54, of Lexington was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital at 6:41 p.m., according to a news release from the Fayette County coroner's office.
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A female passenger in the Blazer's front seat was partially thrown out the driver's side door and was taken to UK with possible life-threatening injuries, Van Brackel said.
The two drivers also were taken to UK but did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, Van Brackel said.
Alcohol use by the driver of the Blazer is suspected, he said.
"I don't know if he was too fast for conditions or what caused him to lose control," Van Brackel said.
It appeared that no one in the Blazer was wearing a seat belt, he said, but the driver of the Escape, a 17-year-old boy, was wearing a seat belt.
The identities of those involved in the crash were not immediately available.
Several people in the neighborhood heard the collision and came out to help, Van Brackel said.
An accident reconstruction unit was called to the scene, and Liberty Road was shut down between Henry Clay Boulevard and Appletree for about five hours, he said.
Matthew Nichols, a Liberty Road resident, said the area has a high-volume of traffic.
"This is not the first time this has happened," he said. "It's supposed to be 35 mph through here ... but some people travel 55 through here."