LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) – A wrong-way driver in Lexington died early Monday morning, when her vehicle was struck by a police car, also seriously injuring an officer, according to officials.
According to Lexington Police Sgt. Donnell Gordon, shortly after 1:30 a.m., officers responded to numerous calls of an SUV traveling in the opposite direction on the inner loop of New Circle Road near Harrodsburg Road. It ended up crashing into a police car.
The Lexington Fire Department arrived on scene, removed both drivers from their vehicles and took them to a local hospital. The officer was last reported in serious condition, while the 38-year-old woman who was driving the SUV was later pronounced dead. Her name has not yet been released by the Fayette County Coroner’s office.
Gordon said it is believed the officer was not involved with the wrong-way driver call.
“We believe it was at the end of her shift and she just happened to be in the area, possibly heading home,” he told reporters. “So, at this time, we don’t believe she was actually involved in the investigation.”
The collision left both the inner and outer loops of New Circle Road closed for several hours between the Harrodsburg and Nicholasville Road exits, while officers worked the scene.
The crash is still under investigation, and anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Lexington Police Collision Reconstruction Unit at (859) 258-3663.