Second Berea College crash victim dies; driver charged with manslaughter
BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ) – A second Berea College has died from injuries suffered in a violent collision last week and one of the driver’s involved has been charged with manslaughter, according to Berea Police.
21-year old Enkhjin Enkhbold, of Mongolia, died from multiple blunt force injuries at UK Hospital in Lexington Wednesday, according to the Fayette County coroner.
She was a passenger in a car, along with two other Berea College students and a Berea College alumnus, who was driving on Walnut Meadow Road and Highway 956 around 8:30 p.m. on October 27, 2017, according to police.
Investigators say a black Chevy Avalanche, driven by 37-year old Natasha Gross, of Berea, collided with the car with such force, it split the car in half. 23-year old Berea College student Dzhoana Ivanova, of Bulgaria, a passenger in the car, died at the scene. Another passenger, 22-year old Fahim Baig, also a Berea College student, was seriously injured.
The driver of the car, 24-year old Daryl Long-Foster, of Cincinnati, a Berea College graduate, was arrested and charged with DUI along with several other traffic-related offenses after being released from the hospital, according to police.
On Wednesday, November 1, the other driver, Natasha Gross, was arrested and charged with two counts of Manslaughter 2nd Degree, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, according to Berea Police. Investigators say alcohol could be a factor in the deadly collision, so more charges are pending against Gross.
Police say they were already looking for Gross the night of the deadly collision. Police say they received a call of a reckless driver in the Main Street area around 8:13 p.m. At 8:16 p.m., officers say they were called to Big Hill Road in reference to a collision involving a black Chevy Avalanche. While officers were responding to the collision, they say they were told that a black Chevy Avalanche left the scene.
Police say the caller identified Natasha Gross as the driver of the Avalanche and they say they were told she had hit a mailbox with her vehicle, causing a pedestrian to be struck by the mailbox.
Investigators say at 8:31 p.m., they were called to the scene of the deadly collision at Walnut Meadow Road and Highway 956, which involved Gross and the black Chevy Avalanche.
Berea College cancelled classes Monday, October 30, in the wake of this deadly crash and a separate accident on October 25 involving recent graduate BriAnna Cowden that left her seriously injured.