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Russell Springs, KY man arrested after collision with cyclists

CPD alleges several charges, including DUI, against 59-year-old driver of 2002 Chrysler car after two cyclists struck on Fairground Street Sunday afternoon. Both cyclists treated on the scene, taken to TJ/Columbia, and later airlifted to the the University of Louisville Medical Center. Driver of car lodged in Adair County Regional Jail, Columbia, KY. Accident remains under investigation
Issuance of warrants and/or arrests are not findings of guilt. An individual charged by police or in a warrant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceeding.

By Ofc Josh Brockman

Columbia Police Department was dispatched to Fairground Street to a reported collision between a vehicle and bike, on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Upon arrival it was found that a vehicle had struck two cyclists on their bikes in the eastbound lane of travel.

The collision occurred when 59 year old Ronald Franklin of Russell Springs, KY, was traveling east on Fairground Street. He was operating a 2002 Chrysler car when he struck two cyclists, Rebecca Schmidt, age 39 and Laura Burress, age 36, both of Columbia, who were also traveling east on Fairground Street.

Both Schmidt and Burress was treated on scene by Adair County Ems and transported to TJ Health/Columbia where they was both airlifted by helicopter to University of Louisville.

Ronald Franklin was uninjured and was arrested by Columbia Police Department Officer Josh Brockman and Charles Greer on charges of:
  1. Operating a motor vehicle under the influence 1st offense.
  2. Two counts of assault 1st degree
  3. Reckless driving
  4. Disregard/Failure to yield right of way to pedestrian or cyclist
Franklin was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail and the accident remains under investigation by CPD Ofc Josh Brockman.

Columbia Police was assisted on scene by KSP Trooper Chase Willis.

Josh Brockman is Public Information Officer, Columbia Police Department, Chief Jason Cross

This story was posted on 2016-04-18 04:03:31
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