Woman dies of injuries from I-64 accident in Shelby County

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Police asking public to help with information

By Lisa King

A Lexington woman injured in a single-vehicle accident on I-64 Friday has died of her injuries, and police are asking for the public's help in getting more information on the tragedy. Kawthur Suleiman, 23, of Lexington, died at 10 p.m. Friday night at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where she was airlifted after a crash on the interstate in Shelby County that afternoon, said Kentucky State Police Detective Kevin Calhoon. "The victim passed away as a result of her injuries she sustained in the car crash on I-64," he said. "We again are asking if anyone knows the owner of the bicycle to contact the Kentucky State Police." Calhoon had issued that appeal to the public Friday after Suleiman had swerved to avoid a bicycle that had apparently fallen onto the interstate from another vehicle, and lost control of her car as a consequence. Suleiman, who was traveling westbound on I-64, came upon the bicycle lying in the road at 3:45 p.m. Calhoon said Friday that she was able to avoid hitting the bicycle, but lost control of her car. Calhoon added that she suffered serious injuries to her lower body, caused when the guardrail penetrated all the way through her Mazda, through the driver's side and out the passenger side. She was wearing a seatbelt, he said. The accident, which happened at the westbound 37th mile marker, caused the interstate to be shut down for more than an hour, and backed traffic up to the Franklin County line. No other vehicles were involved in the accident and Suleiman was alone in her car. Calhoon reiterated Saturday that the state police are working to locate the owner of the bicycle, but said he could not say whether any charges would filed against them. If anyone has any information about the owner of the bicycle, they are asked to contact Kentucky State Police at 502-227-2221.