Deer Jumped in Front of Vehicle and Caused Rear End Collision
On October 30, 2022 at 6:25 p.m. the Hancock County Sheriff Department was notified that a rear end collision had occurred 1 mile East of the City of Hawesville on US Hwy 60. Deputy Jeff Hendrick arrived on the scene at 6:35 p.m. At around 6:23 p.m., Brandon Mayfield, of Louisville, was traveling west bound on Hwy 60 when a deer jumped in front of his 2015 Chevy Impala.
He could not avoid hitting it and struck the deer causing severe damage to his vehicle. The vehicle was disabled after striking the deer and lost all power. Mayfield was unable to move it out of the roadway and the lights and electrical were also disabled.
He had 3 occupants in his vehicle: Georgio Steele, Wanda Wilhite and Vandale Wilhite. Mayfield and the front passenger exited the vehicle and the front passenger walked to the west bound side of the roadway attempting to flag traffic. Mayfield walked to the rear of his vehicle. Justin Flood, of Hardinsburg, was driving his 1999 silver Toyota Corolla with 2 passengers: Kevin Embry and Brian Flood and failed to notice the stopped vehicle in the roadway.
Flood struck Mayfield’s Impala in the rear on the right side of the trunk, just to the right of where Mayfield had been standing. Wanda Wilhite was still inside the Impala in the rear seat holding her pet dog during the impact. The force of the impact caused the Impala to go forward and on its side across the west bound lane and into a rock wall on its side. Hancock County EMS administered First Aid at the scene. No drug or alcohol use was suspected. Both vehicles were severely damaged and towed by Bob’s Garage. The roadway was re-opened at 7:32 p.m.
Rear End Collision
On November 6, 2022 at 4:27 p.m. the Hancock County Sheriff Department was notified that a rear end collision had occurred 1 mile West of the City of Hawesville on KY Hwy 69. Deputy Jeff Hendrick arrived on the scene at 4:30 p.m. At around 4:24 p.m. Paul A. Cunningham, of Owensboro, was stopped at a stop sign in his 2021 light blue Chevy Silverado and just starting to proceed forward when Keelie Smith, of Lewisport, failed to stop at the stop sign and struck him causing minor to moderate damage to the rear end of his vehicle with her 2008 Chevy Malibu which also caused minor damage to her front end. Smith had one passenger in her vehicle, Matthew Smith. Cunningham also had one passenger with him, Chet A. Wiman. There was no suspected alcohol or drug use. Neither vehicle required towing. The roadway was re-opened at 4:40 p.m.