UPDATE: Names released in fatal wreck on I-65

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A four vehicle fatal accident occurred on I-65 southbound near the 55 mile marker in Hart County Friday night around 6:45.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that 25-year-old Davontay Baker, Bowling Green, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet SUV traveling southbound on I-65 when he lost control of his vehicle. Baker’s vehicle exited the right side of the roadway hitting a guardrail before reentering the road. 20-year-old Dennis Julian, of Holly, MI, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Pickup when he struck Baker’s vehicle as it reentered southbound lanes. Baker’s vehicle was then struck by a 2014 International tractor and trailer being driven by 52-year-old Ruben Villanueva-Suarez, of Tampico, MX. Villanueva-Suarez’s vehicle continued southbound striking a 2010 Jeep SUV being operated by 50-year-old Donna Cook, Shelbyville.

A passenger in Baker’s vehicle, 40-year-old Melissa Coffey, Bowling Green, was ejected during the accident and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Barren County Coroner’s Office.

Davontay Baker along with three juvenile passengers were transported to the Medical Center at Caverna where they were treated and released.

Dennis Julian was transported to the Medical Center at Caverna where he was treated for minor injuries.

Donna Cook and a juvenile passenger were also transported to the Medical Center at Caverna where they were treated and released

A third passenger in Cook’s vehicle, 41-year-old Tonya Smith, Shelbyville, was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital where she is listed in serious condition.

The investigation continues and is currently being led by Trooper Mike Wathen.

Trooper Wathen was assisted on scene by Horse Cave and Munfordville Fire Departments, Hart County EMS, Barren/Metcalfe EMS, Hart County Emergency Management, Horse Cave Police Department, Munfordville Police Department, Hart County Sheriff’s Department, Cave City Police Department, Barren County Coroner’s Office, and other KSP personnel.

No further information is available for release.


Details are still limited as accident reconstructionists work to determine exactly what happened.

Kentucky state trooper Daniel Priddy told 13 news a 4-car collision occurred just before 7:00 p.m. Friday between the 54-and 55-mile markers of I-65. Trooper Priddy said three passenger vehicles and a commercial semi were involved. He said one person was killed in the wreck, and several others were taken to the hospital, but none of them suffered serious injuries.

Kentucky Transportation officials expected the southbound lanes of I-65 in the Horse Cave and Cave City area to be shut down for hours.

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