Leitchfield woman killed in Lilac Road crash

Matt Lasley Reporter

January 14, 2014

A Leitchfield woman, Carol Helphenstine, 64, was killed in a head-on collision on the morning of Tuesday, January 14.

At around 6:50 a.m., the Leitchfield Fire Department, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, and Grayson County Emergency Medical Services responded to a report of a two-vehicle injury crash near the 4000 block of Lilac Road in Leitchfield.

According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, who also investigated the crash, a 2011 Kia, driven by Helphenstine, was travelling south on Lilac Road, and a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Lucia Taylor, 16, of Leitchfield, was travelling north on Lilac Road.

Taylor’s Jeep reportedly crested a hill that was covered in black ice, lost control of her vehicle, and crossed the center line where it collided head-on with Helphenstine’s Kia, the release read.

The Jeep then slid off the east side of the road and overturned onto its side where it came to a rest, and the Kia slid into a ditch on the west side of Lilac Road where it came to a rest, according to the release.

Helphenstine was pronounced dead at the scene by the Grayson County Coroner’s Office, according to the release.

Taylor, who is six-months pregnant, was transported to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center by GC EMS to be airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital for further medical attention for accident-related injuries, First Assistant Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall said.

Duvall also said at the scene that both drivers had to be extricated from the vehicles.

According to Grayson County Sheriff Rick Clemons, traffic on Lilac Road was shut down for approximately two-and-a-half to three hours as a result of the crash.

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and KSP were assisted in the accident investigation by the Leitchfield Police Department.

This accident is currently still under investigation by KSP Detective Terry Whittaker.