Finchville woman dies in auto crash

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By Lisa King

A Finchville woman was killed Wednesday afternoon in a single-vehicle automobile accident on Fisherville Road.

Faye Sanders, 85, of Clark Station Road, died at the scene of the accident which happened at about 1:30 p.m.

Shelby County Sheriff's detective Jason Rice said that Sanders was a front-seat passenger in a 2002 White Mercury SUV with four other occupants, all of whom were members of the same family.

Donna Allgeier, 57, also of Clark Station Road, was driving, and the others passengers were Joey Carrier, 22, of Shelbyville, a 3-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl.

Rice said that, according to Allgeier, who is Sanders' daughter, the accident happened when she swerved to avoid hitting some type of animal which ran into the roadway in front of her vehicle.

Sanders' vehicle ran onto the shoulder and she overcorrected several times, trying to get back on the road, he said.

"Finally, she just lost complete control and ran off the road and hit a ditch embankment," he said.

Rice said the car rolled at least three times before coming to rest in an upright position.

Shelby County Deputy Coroner Janet Morris, who pronounced Sanders dead at the scene of multiple trauma, said it was first thought that the woman had been ejected from the vehicle, because she was found on the grass when medical teams arrived, but she had in fact been pulled from the car by bystanders. Neither she nor the other adults were wearing seat belts, but the children were belted in, Morris said.

"Thank goodness for that, it could have been so much more tragic," she said.

All family members were transported to Jewish Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, although Allgeier and the 3-year-old were later taken to the University of Louisville and Kosairs Children's Hospital, respectively -- Allgeier for neck injuries and the toddler for evaluation, Rice said.

He added that neither alcohol nor drugs is suspected as a factor in the accident.

Sanders was originally from Louisville, but had been living with her daughter for the past several years, Rice said.

Arrangements for Sanders are pending at Pearson Funeral Home on Breckenridge Lane in Louisville.