Kentucky man killed in head-on collision as he fled state trooper, two others seriously injured

Published 8:27 am Tuesday, March 12, 2024

A man fleeing a Kentucky state trooper was killed Sunday evening when his car collided head-on with another vehicle at high speed severely injuring two people in the other car, state police reported.

The two-vehicle crash happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. in Breckinridge County, Kentucky State Police reported.

A trooper was conducting speed enforcement on KY-313 near the Flaherty community in Meade County. The trooper observed a 2009 Ford Fusion traveling at a high rate of speed initiated a traffic stop however, the vehicle refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit then turned west onto KY-333 before entering Breckinridge County. At the intersection of McDonald Lane, the fleeing vehicle crossed the center line and into the path of a 2009 Jeep Wrangler, operated by Jordan Lynch, 40 of Custer, Ky.

The operator of the Ford, Rodney Richards, 51, of Radcliff, was pronounced deceased by the Breckinridge Co. Coroner’s Office. Lynch was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital with life-threatening injuries. A 14-year-old passenger in Lynch’s vehicle was flown to Norton Children’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The affected portion of KY-333 was closed for several hours in order to allow troopers to reconstruct the collision. KSP Post 4 was assisted at the scene by the Breckinridge Co. Sheriff’s Office, Meade Co. Sheriff’s Office, Breckinridge Co. Coroner’s Office, and Breckinridge Co. EMS. The collision remains under investigation by KSP’s Critical Incident Response Team.