Police release the names of two killed in Tuesday motorcycle crash


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PADUCAH — We now know the names of two people killed in a four-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on I-24.

The McCracken County Coroner pronounced Robert A. Storrs, 30, and Jessica R. Caroe, 27, dead at the scene of the accident.

Storrs’ identification listed an address of Durham, North Carolina, but he apparently originally is from Florida.

Caroe’s address was listed as Houston, Texas.

A preliminary investigation shows James M. Hoerman, 60, of Antigo, Wisconsin, was driving a 2000 Freightliner west in the outside lane when he approached traffic stopped or slowed in both westbound lanes due to an earlier wreck on the I-24 bridge over the Ohio River.

Hoerman’s truck apparently drifted toward the inside lane and it clipped the passenger side mirror of a Toyota Tundra that was slowing in the inside lane. The Toyota was driven by Charles Arney, 65, of Olive Branch, Mississippi.

Hoerman’s truck then hit the rear of a 1998 Honda Shadow motorcycle stopped or slowing in the outside lane, throwing Storrs and his passenger, Caroe, from the bike.

The tractor-trailer continued westbound, swerving into the inside lane. It missed two vehicles in front of the Toyota Tundra but hit the rear of a tractor-trailer rig in front of them. That rig was a 1987 Peterbilt driven by Jeremy L. Wuels, 31, of Carlisle, Illinois.

Both Hoerman and Wuels were taken to Western Baptist Hospital. Hoerman sustained scratches to his hands. Wuels complained of pain to his left arm.

The Paducah Police Department's accident reconstruction team is reconstructing the accident.

The westbound lanes of I-24 were closed for nearly eight hours Tuesday. Traffic was being routed down the KY 305 off-ramp, across KY 305 and back onto the interstate.