Accident Remembered

By: Kelly Sparks
By: Kelly Sparks

It was nine years ago Sunday; four people lost their lives because someone fell asleep at the wheel.

While nothing can bring these four people back, they remind us of the consequences of reckless driving.

On June 26, 1996, Keith Hogan was working as an Edmonson County Sheriff’s Deputy. Hogan and his partner Eric Stafford had pulled over a van for speeding on Interstate 65. That routine traffic stop quickly took a deadly twist.

“A member of the fire department told me when they arrived at the scene I was dead; they took me from the vehicle, put me in ambulance and shocked me three times to get a heartbeat,” Keith Hogan said.

Hogan and Stafford were pulled over in an emergency lane when a semi-truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and ran over the van and the sheriff deputy’s car.

Eric Stafford and a woman and two children in the van died that day.

Hogan says these innocent lives were taken for careless driving and he says he hopes people with think twice before getting behind the wheel when they’re sleepy.

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