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Finchville man dies when car strikes truck

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By The Staff

A Finchville man was killed Monday morning when the car he was driving smashed into a concrete truck on Mount Washington Road in Spencer County.

Samuel C. Wantye, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene as the result of injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred shortly before 11 a.m. at the intersection of Mount Washington and KY 1633.

According to a Kentucky State Police report, Wantye made a left turn with his 2007 Ford Fusion onto Mount Washington Road from KY 1633 and collided with the concrete truck owned by Irving Materials Inc., which was heading westbound.

The truck was driven by Earl F. Sharp, who was not injured, according to the report.

The collision remains under investigation by the Kentucky State Police Frankfort Post Collision Reconstruction Team. It is not known if either of the drivers was wearing seat belts.

Kentucky State Police Public Information Officer Ron Turley said that, as is the case with all fatal accidents, a toxicology report would be sent to Frankfort for analysis. He said it may take up to three weeks for the results to be released.

The accident forced law enforcement officials to close Mount Washington Road just west of Taylorsville for more than three hours. The road was reopened at 2:25 p.m.

The Spencer County Sheriff's Department, the Taylorsville Police Department, Spencer County Fire and EMS and the Spencer County Coroner also responded to the scene.

Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis, who was on the scene within half a minute of the time the call was dispatched, said that he knew Wantye and his family and that he had attended Shelby County High School with his daughters.

He added that when a police officer knows the person in an accident they are working, it can be an emotional thing, but that is part of their job.

“You just try to do what you can to try to rescue the person, if possible, and just to maintain the scene,” he said. “It’s hard when you know the person, but whether you know them or not, it’s hard to see somebody lose their life in an accident – it’s difficult. I can’t say that we’ve become used to it, we just do the best we can for them, and for their families.”

 

Ryan Conley of The Spencer Magnet contributed to this report.