A Leitchfield man lost his life in a crash on Kentucky Highway 88 on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 6.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Grayson County E-911 Dispatch received a call reporting a single-vehicle crash three-and-a-half miles east of Clarkson on Hwy 88.
Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO), Grayson County Emergency Medical Services, and Clarkson Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) personnel responded to the scene of the crash.
Shortly after first responders arrived on the scene, they requested that the Grayson County Coroner’s Office also respond.
According to a press release from Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, prior to the accident, a gray 1997 Chevrolet van was travelling westbound on Hwy 88 toward Leitchfield when it attempted to negotiate a curve at a high rate of speed, over-corrected, left the roadway on the left side, and crashed into a concrete culvert head-on.
The driver of the Chevrolet, David Sandlin, 47, of Leitchfield—the only individual inside the vehicle at the time—was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown to the passenger side of the van in the crash, according to the release.
Sandlin was pronounced dead at the scene by the Grayson County Coroner’s Office.
The Chevrolet was believed to be the same vehicle that Dispatch had received a number of calls about prior to the accident.
Specifically, at approximately 1:58 p.m. on Saturday, Dispatch received numerous reckless driving complaints on a gray passenger van, the release states.
GCSO Deputy Bryan Hammons met the van travelling north on Anneta Road, but he was unable to quickly turn around to pursue the vehicle due to several vehicles, including a tractor-trailer, travelling behind it.
Hammons lost sight of the vehicle as other deputies were responding to the area, according to the release.
Then, at approximately 2:26 p.m., as the deputies drove back toward Leitchfield, Dispatch received another call reporting a rear-end hit-and-run collision near Hwy 88 and Kentucky Hwy 226 involving the same gray van, according to Chaffins.
The hit-and-run accident was investigated by GCSO Deputy Clay Boone.
GCSO Deputy Joey Beasley is investigating the fatal crash, and toxicology results are pending.
The Chevrolet was disabled by the fatal crash on Hwy 88 and was removed from the scene by Terry’s Towing.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.