By, Ofc. Josh Brockman
Columbia Police Department
Chief, Jason Cross
Columbia Police responded to an injury collision at the intersection of the Veteran’s Memorial Bypass and KY 61 south. The collision resulted in a Hardin County man being fatally injured.
On Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 9:51 a.m. Adair County 911 received a call from motorist that an injury collision had occurred at the intersection of the Veteran’s Bypass and KY 61 south. Preliminary investigation shows that 55 year old Ronald Harlan of Hardin County was travelling west on the bypass operating a 2001 Toyota Corolla and failed to stop at the traffic control light, regulating the intersection.
Harlan traveled into the path of 58 year old Vicki Loy of Columbia who was operating a 2010 Ford Focus north on KY 61 . Loy was unable to avoid the collision and struck Harlan’s vehicle in the driver’s side door.
The impact resulted in Harlan being entrapped in the vehicle. Columbia –Adair County Fire Department had to extricate him from the vehicle by mechanical means. Harlan was treated on scene by Adair County EMS and transported to Westlake Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Adair County Coroner Todd Akin. Loy and her passenger 4 year old Garrett Moon were also treated and transported to Westlake Regional Hospital where they are in stable condition.
CPD Officer Drew Conn is investigating the collision. Seatbelts were in use at the time of collision and inattention is a contributing factor.