Police: Joe Prather Hwy. fatal crash caused by kidnapping suspect


by Amy Stallings


Posted on June 4, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 7:37 PM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- New information is coming out about a fatal crash on the Joe Prather Highway Tuesday night.

Police said the crash happened during a pursuit of a kidnapping suspect.

According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police, a trooper responded to a call from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend, 24-year-old Kyle David Thompson, kidnapped her and her three children at knife point early Tuesday evening.  The woman was able to jump out of the van on the 3000 block of Woolridge Ferry Road where she ran to a nearby home for help.

The woman told the trooper Thompson took off in the van with the three children still inside and a short time later, the trooper spotted the van pass the residence where he was talking with the victim.

The release states the trooper began pursuing Thompson and caught up with him at the intersection of Woolridge Ferry Road and the Joe Prather Highway. The trooper initiated a traffic stop but Thompson continued to drive south on the highway before crossing the center line and hitting a Jeep Liberty driven by 23-year-old Ashlee Berry.

Berry was pronounced dead at the scene.

The three children in the van with Thompson were air-lifted to Kosair Children's Hospital where they are reported to be in critical condition. Thompson was also transported to University of Louisville with serious injuries.

Police said Thompson was wanted for violating terms of the sex offender registry.

According to the Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry website, Thompson was convicted of kidnapping a 17-year-old and is required to register for 20 years.

He was placed under arrest, police said, on a warrant for failure to comply with the sex offender registry.

More charges may be filed against Thompson after the crash investigation is complete and the case is presented to a grand jury.