Crash sends 5 teens to hospital, driver released today


Lauren Adams

UPDATE: 12/31/09 - 2:22 P.M. - McCracken County Sheriff's Deputies confirm the 16-year-old driver of the vehicle has been released from Vanderbilt Medical Center.  Sheriff Jon Heyden said no other action would be taken today due to the holiday, but the investigation is still ongoing.

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY-   Each week hundreds of cars come flying down Krebs Station Road.

In fact Sheriff Jon Hayden points out,"There are signs of accidents all up and down this road."

But the latest black tire marks, Hayden says, shouldn't even be here.

"The juvenile that was driving this car had a permit only," he said of a car crash early Wednesday morning.

In fact, under Kentucky State Licensing Laws, the 16-year-old girl broke three rules.  She was not with a driver 21 or older, she had more than one passenger, and she was driving past the midnight curfew.

The crash happened just after 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of Krebs Station and Houser Road.  Sheriff's Deputies say a 16-year-old girl was acting as a designated driver for four of her friends.  Her passengers included Michael Carrico,19, Michael Cruse, 18, Justin Skuchko, 18, and a 17-year-old juvenile.

A report says the driver was sober, but several of the passengers admitted to drinking.  It reads, "According to the male occupants of the vehicle, they were drinking and out to have a good time."  The report further states the four boys admitted to convincing the driver to speed up along the bumpy road.

Hayden said the joy-ride took a dangerous turn, "The car was air born and once it came back down on the road the driver lost control.  It spun and ended up in a field."

But because the car was going an estimated 65-75 miles per hour it flipped three times before coming to a stop.

"It could have been catastrophic, very, very deadly. It's a car crash statistically few people would survive from," Hayden said.

Investigators say everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.

Sheriff Hayden says once the investigation and interviews with the crash victims wrap up he will meet with the county prosecutor to determine if charges will be filed against the driver.  As of Wednesday night she remained hospitalized at Vanderbilt Medical Center.