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Police: Elderly Couple Killed by drunk driver

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky.  (WDRB)--Kentucky State Police say an elderly Elizabethtown couple is dead at the hands of a drunk driver.

It happened Sunday evening on the Lincoln Parkway in Elizabethtown.  And police tell us the suspect also had his 10 year old son in the car with him.

"It is definitely a sad situation," says Trooper Jeff Gregory, with Kentucky State Police.

That sad situation claimed the lives of 75-year old Johnie Dennis and his wife 71 year old Luevenia Dennis.

Trooper Gregory says, "From all indications they pulled out in front of his vehicle."

The skid marks are still fresh and there are even parts from the vehicles still on the ground.

"Mr. & Mrs. Dennis were headed west on what we call Roundtop road...it's Kentucky 1135 and were attempting to turn onto Lincoln Parkway or go straight across," says Trooper Gregory.

Kentucky State Police say Earl Richardson was headed south on Ky. 61 and crashed into the couple.

"There was a strong smell of alcohol or of alcoholic beverages in the vehicle and on his person," says Trooper Gregory.

Police say Richardson was clearly intoxicated.  That means there's no question who was at fault, according to police.

Trooper Gregory says, "Our stance is that whenever you've been drinking that you are impaired and that it's slowing your faculties down as far as motor skill and driving function."

And police say after the crash instead of going to help the couple, Richardson went down into a ditch.

"He had purchased some alcohol before the accident and gone down in the ditch line to try to...to try to hide it before officers arrived," says Trooper Gregory.  "Anytime that you expose a juvenile to reckless behavior like that, we always think that it's a sad situation."

Police tell WDRB News that Richardson recently moved to Kentucky from Ohio.  Right now, they don't know much about his driving history.  However, they do know he did not have a valid drivers license in Ohio either.

 

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