CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 49-year-old woman has been charged with first-offense DUI and reckless homicide following a fatal traffic crash that claimed the life of a 27-year-old Richmond, Ky., woman Memorial Day weekend.
According to the Kentucky State Police, Tracie Jent, of Sassafras, Ky., was arrested early Monday morning following the multiple-car crash at about 8:35 p.m. Sunday on the Hal Rogers Parkway in Clay County.
The initial investigation indicates a 2017 Jeep Renegade operated by Jent was traveling east on the Hal Rogers Parkway when the Jeep crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2011 Chevrolet Cruze driven by 33-year-old Tyler M. Richardson, from Richmond, Ky., the KSP said.
The Cruze went airborne and landed in the eastbound lane where it was struck by a 2017 Nissan Rogue driven by 30-year-old Brittany M. Wood, of Bonnyman, Ky., troopers said.
Jent and Wood were taken by Clay County EMS to AdventHealth Hospital where they were treated for their injuries and released.
Air Evac also took Richardson to the University of Kentucky Hospital where he was treated and released. His passenger, 27-year-old Elizabeth J. Richardson, of Richmond, Ky., was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clay County Coroner’s Office, troopers said.
The Hal Rogers Parkway was closed for seven hours to allow troopers to reconstruct the collision.
Jent also was charged with reckless driving, improper passing, and expired license, according to Clay County Jail records. No court date or bond had been set by Tuesday morning.
Drugs and Alcohol usage are suspected in this investigation, troopers said.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 11 Trooper Larkey. He was assisted at the scene by Post 11 Personal, Big Creek Fire Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Air Evac, Clay County EMS and Clay County Coroner’s Office.