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Details vague on fatal motorcycle crash; road set to be widened

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police initially called it a hit-and-run accident. Now authorities aren't so sure. Or at least aren't releasing many details.

But a fatal motorcycle crash this weekend is raising more questions about what residents say is a dangerous section of road in Okolona.

A widening project for Blue Lick Road has been on the state's project list for years, but a redesign phase delayed the start of construction, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet told WDRB News Sunday.

"Our plan does call for a softening of the curve, or diminishing the sharpness of the curve. We are not taking the curve completely out of it. That would be a total realignment of the roadway and would impact many more homes," said Ky. Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman Andrea Clifford.

Clifford added that the delay - of sorts - was caused during the redesign phase, when the scope of the project was reduced from five lanes to three lanes (one in each direction and a third continuous turn lane in the middle). Construction now is scheduled to begin in late 2014.

The crash early Saturday morning woke many neighbors up.

"I heard a lot of banging and scraping the road," said neighbor Jeremy Galloway.

Neighbor Dariena Botey said: "It sound like two cars hit, but it really wasn't. All I saw was a shoe in the road and a guy under the railing."

The crash killed 25-year old motorcyclist Brandon Grigsby. The coroner's office said he died from multiple blunt force injuries. Police said he was wearing a helmet.

After initially calling the collision that killed Grigsby a "hit and run" a spokeswoman for LMPD backed off that statement hours later, now saying that the crash remains under investigation.

In a statement to reporters, LMPD Alicia Smiley said it now appears Grigsby may have hit the guardrail first before being run over by the driver of a 2006 Hummer. The driver kept going, Smiley said, dragging the motorcycle another 2.5 miles.

That person has been interviewed but no charges were filed as of Sunday night, Smiley said.

Grigsby's mother, Brenda, told WDRB News by phone she doesn't believe her son struck the guardrail first and is disturbed that the driver involved didn't stop. Smiley said it's unclear if he died as a result of striking the guardrail or the impact with the Hummer.

Neighbors like Galloway say accidents are an all-too-familiar site.

"People speed up and down through here. This curve is not one of the ones you want to take lightly and they take out the driveway, and barely miss telephone poles down through here," Galloway said.

And yet Galloway and other neighbors questions whether or the widening project by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will help curb the issue and reduce the number of accidents.

"I'm scared for my children because a lot of them miss the curve, and come right through our front yard," Galloway said.

Clifford said the state is currently in the acquisition phase of the project and that construction and utility work wouldn't begin until late 2014.


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