Police caution drivers after fatal accident on Sherman Minton


by WHAS11


Posted on October 5, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 8:37 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A couple trying to refuel their car after it stalled ended up in a deadly accident.
Police say a woman was killed and the man she was with was injured when a car struck both of them.  

The couple was taken to University Hospital where a woman believed to be in her 20s was pronounced dead.

Police say this deadly accident is a stinging reminder of the dangers on the road.

“Even if they were able to react they are out in that roadway where are you going to go...outside of jumping over the bridge. You want to stay in your vehicle,” Sgt. Barry Denton, with the LMPD, said. 

 Denton says if you are stranded you should call police.

LMPD says if your car breaks down make yourself as visible as possible. They say you should tap on the brakes and turn on your headlights.

Thursday night’s deadly accident happened right as the sun was going down. Police say they aren't sure whether the Ford Explorer that struck the couple had its lights on.

INDOT says the Sherman Minton's lights were probably off making it even harder to see people on the side of the bridge.

“Our lights are triggered to go on only during the nighttime in an effort to conserve energy,” INDOT spokesperson Will Wingfield said.

The coroner has yet to release the identity of the woman killed. Police do not plan on filing charges against the driver who struck the couple.