Hodgenville man charged with murder after couple died in violent crash


by Gene Kang


Posted on August 19, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 5:22 PM

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) – An older couple was killed after a violent crash involving alcohol in Hardin County.

It happened Sunday night, Aug. 18, in the area of Lincoln Parkway and Roundtop Road in Elizabethtown.

The tragic crash claimed the lives of 75-year-old Johnie Dennis and his wife 71-year-old Luevenia Dennis from Elizabethtown.

"It's really disappointing as you know throughout the state we deal with these kinds of problems all the time," Trooper Jeff Gregory with Kentucky State Police said.

Hodgenville resident, 46-year-old Earl Richardson, was charged with two counts of murder after Kentucky State Police say he drove drunk in this blue Chevrolet Blazer with his 10-year-old son in the passenger seat around 6:30 Sunday night.

"Our troopers are well trained and are out here and getting after it trying to get impaired drivers off the road, but unfortunately we're not able to get all of them all the time," Trooper Gregory said.

Kentucky State Police tell us Dennis' maroon-colored Nissan Sentra was going west on Roundtop Road and tried to cross Lincoln Parkway.

That's when it entered the pathway of Richardson's Blazer and the SUV hit the car on the passenger side.

Everyone was wearing seat belts but the impact instantly killed Dennis and his wife.
His family was too grief-stricken to talk about their sudden loss.

Troopers are urging the public to call for help if they witness drunk driving.  

"They can call 911 and that will ring to Hardin County Control…we'll try to get after them," Trooper Gregory said.

Meanwhile Richardson was also charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, no license, failure to maintain insurance, possession of an open alcoholic beverage, first degree wanton endangerment and tampering with physical evidence.

Richardson and his son were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. He is now behind bars at the Hardin County Detention Center until his first court appearance.

Richardson is scheduled to face a judge on Aug. 26.

(Photos courtesy of "The News-Enterprise")