Police: Pregnant Ohio Woman Killed In Kentucky Highway Crash

Raymond J. Garner
Raymond J. Garner

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A pickup truck crossed an interstate median and struck three oncoming vehicles, killing a pregnant woman from Ohio and an 8-year-old from Illinois, police said.

The crash Monday night along Interstate 75 in southern Kentucky temporarily shut down traffic in both directions. The truck driver was charged with drunken driving, three murder counts and driving on a suspended license, Kentucky State Police said. One murder charge stemmed from the death of the woman's fetus.

The three vehicles that were struck were carrying 14 people, including several youngsters, but state police did not specify how many were injured.

Cindy S. Haas, 25, of Cleveland and Gus P. Pontikis of Park Ridge, Ill., died in the crash, police said. The injured were taken to hospitals in Kentucky and Tennessee.

The pickup, pulling a trailer, was traveling northbound when it crossed the median and struck a car carrying three people from Park Ridge, killing the boy, police said.

The truck then overturned and struck a minivan with six people from Cleveland aboard, including Haas, police said. Another vehicle carrying five people from Keego Harbor, Mich., and Cleveland was struck by debris from the truck.

The truck driver, 45-year-old Raymond J. Garner of Andersonville, Tenn., was treated and released at a local hospital and then taken to the Whitley County jail, police said.

Garner was riding alone in the truck, police said.