Around 7:25 a.m. on Wednesday, 22 April, 2020, off-duty Officer Terry Vick of the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office was the driver in what appears to be a single-vehicle crash near the 43 mile marker on the Western Kentucky Parkway.
Kentucky State Troopers say Vick was driving a Honda Civic eastbound when he crossed the median, hit a guard rail and then came to rest against a concrete wall.
“It happened right at the Hopkins-Muhlenberg county line,” said Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield, who pronounced Vick dead at the scene from multiple blunt force trauma. No other cars or passengers were involved.
He had just completed an overnight security detail at the Madisonville North Hopkins COVID-19 testing site.
The Sheriff’s office says Deputy Vick was a husband, father, former marine veteran and a 17-year law enforcement officer.
Among many other aspects, the crash investigation will inevitably consider the possibility of drowsy driving and hours of sleep on the previous day, in relation to the night shift from which Officer Vick was returning home.
In addition, the possibility of a tire failure or mechanical failure will undoubtedly be looked at, in relation to the vehicle crossing over the road. This aspect also raises the question about the adequacy or otherwise of any median guardrails at the scene to prevent crossover crashes — something which, if applicable, might potentially have saved Officer Vick’s life.
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