Holiday weekend turns deadly

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Teen dies after parkway wreck

By The Staff

A Hodgenville man died following an accident Aug. 31 on the Western Kentucky Parkway near Leitchfield.
The crash, which involved a Ford F-150 and a passenger car, happened around 3:15 p.m. about a half-mile west of Leitchfield.
According to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the F-150 said he was headed west when he saw the eastbound passenger car swerve across the grassy median into his lane. The driver told deputies he tried to swerve but was unable to avoid the collision.
Deputies aren’t sure why the car, driven by Joseph Pennington, 18, went into the swerve. His car entered the median sideways, with its passenger side striking the front of the truck.
Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins said Pennington’s car was “ripped in half” on impact, and the teen was thrown from the car. He had been wearing a seat belt, but it was ripped in half too in the collions.
The front of the car came to rest about 150 feet west of the collision, and the rear section came to rest 180 feet west of the car’s front, according to the sheriff’s office.
Pennington was critically injured and taken to University Hospital in Louisville by helicopter, where he died from his injuries Saturday.
The driver of the F-150 was treated at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center and released.