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UPDATE: KSP says children hurt in Hardin Co. crash were victims of kidnapping

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The three children who were injured in a Hardin County crash Tuesday night were kidnapped, according to Kentucky State Police.

The head-on crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday along Highway 313 about a mile from I-65. Police say a van driven by the alleged kidnapper was carrying three small children when it crossed the middle divider and crashed head-on into another car.

Ashlee Berry, 22, was killed in the crash. She was the lone occupant of her vehicle. The three children -- ages five and younger -- were critically injured.

Kentucky State Police have identified the kidnapping suspect as 24-year-old Kyle David Thompson. 

Police say they responded to the 3000 block of Woolridge Ferry Rd. to reports of a kidnapping around 10:05 p.m. When police arrived on scene, a woman reported that Thompson had abducted her and her three children at knife point.

KSP says
 the mother jumped out of the car and went to a house on Woolridge Ferry Rd. to ask for help. At that point, police say Thompson took off with the kids.

As troopers were interviewing the woman, a van drove by matching the description and they started following him. Police say Thompson turned onto Highway 313 from Woolridge Ferry Rd.

Kentucky State Police say they were behind the suspect with lights on for less than two minutes when Thompson crossed over the median and crashed head-on into Berry's car.

Police say Berry was heading home to Radcliff when the crash occurred. The Hardin County Coroner's office says she was from Las Vegas but had been living with her fiance in Radcliff. They say she was set to be married this summer to an active duty service member stationed at Ft. Knox.

The three children were transported to Kosair Children's Hospital.

Thompson is recovering at U of L Medical Center. While in the hospital, police say he was served an outstanding warrant and taken into custody. The warrant was for not complying with the sex offender registry.

A search of Thompson's criminal history shows he was convicted of attempted kidnapping charges from 2010. On the same date in 2010 he was charged with attempted murder, but the charges were amended to terroristic threatening.

Thompson was sentenced to three years for the terroristic threatening charges, and five years for attempted kidnapping.

KSP says charges related to Tuesday's alleged kidnapping and car crash will be determined by a grand jury on Thursday June 12.

Berry was an employee at the Troll Pub in Louisville. The restaurant released this statement:

"We (The Troll Pub and its employees) are deeply saddened and wounded by the loss of Ashlee. Ashlee was an extraordinary woman that positively affected everyone in which she came in contact. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ashlee's family and fiancée. Ashlee's senseless death has been a terrible loss to her family, friends, and the Louisville community. She will be profoundly missed. The Troll Pub and the City of Louisville will not be the same without her."

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