***Full report from KSP:
Marisa HempelNews Director
Wallingford BroadcastingWBON-TV, WCYO, WLFX, WEKY, WKXO, WIRV
Richmond, Ky. (June 14, 2022) – The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post was notified just before 8:00 a.m. this morning, of a collision on Battlefield Memorial Highway (US-421) near Battlefield Park, in Richmond. The initial investigation indicates a 2022 Kawasaki motorcycle operated by Garrett Ray, 33 years old of Richmond, KY, was traveling south on US-421 when he lost control in a curve. The motorcycle crossed the center line and collided with a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria operated by Ruth Dejarnette, 57 years old of Berea, KY, who was traveling north. As a result of the collision, Ray was transported to Baptist Health Hospital in Richmond, where he was pronounced deceased. Dejarnette was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Berea with minor injuries. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 7 Trooper David Hobbs. He was assisted at the scene by KSP personnel, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County EMS, Madison County Fire Department and the Bluegrass Army Depot Police Department.
A crash around 8:30 am this morning has claimed the life of a 33 year old Madison County man identified as Garrett Ray of Hays Court. The accident occurred on 421 near the Battlefield Park where the civil war reenactment takes place. This is an area where the severe curve has been the scene of multiple wrecks in the past.
According to Coroner Jimmy Cornelison, KSP is investigating the crash, where at the time it appears one of the two motorists crossed the center line, resulting in a head on collision. Ray was pronounced deceased at 8:25 at the hospital by the Coroner.
The wreck closed the stretch of roadway for around an hour and thirty minutes while police and emergency crews worked the scene. An investigation into the crash is underway.