3 die in two crashes
Two men were killed and a third seriously injured Friday night, Sept. 19, when their vehicle ran off the road and struck a large tree.
In another wreck last week, a Laconia woman was killed Sept. 16 when her car collided with a dump truck.
Robert Christopher Crutcher, 26, Central, and John Robert Cantrell, 25, Louisville, were pronounced dead Friday night aboout 11:15 at the scene on Heth-Washington Road, east of S.R. 135, according to Officer John Dismang of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.
The driver of the vehicle, Troy Wright of Mauckport, was taken by STATCARE air ambulance to University of Louisville Hospital. Yesterday, Dismang said Wright remained hospitalized with a severe head injury and other injuries.
Dismang said Wright was driving his Chevrolet Monte Carlo west on Heth-Washington Road when he went off the south side of the road and hit the tree.
Crutcher was the front passenger, Dismang said. It was not known if he was wearing a seat belt.
Cantrell was restrained in the back seat of the car, police said, and it was not known if Wright was wearing a seat belt because he was out of the car when police arrived.
Dismang said the crash is still under investigation.
Crutcher was born April 13, 1977, the son of Mary Crutcher of Brandenburg and Robert Anthony Crutcher of Ekron, Ky.
Survivors besides his parents include his wife, Kristy Crutcher; a son, Logan Tyler Crutcher; two stepdaughters, Sierra Lynn and Kristen Dawn Crutcher; a sister, Elizabeth Crutcher of Charlotte, N.C.; a half sister, and his grandmother, Jane England of Paoli.
A vigil service was Monday, Sept. 22, at Hager Funeral Home in Brandenburg and the funeral was Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the funeral home followed by burial in Cap Anderson Cemetery. The Rev. Philip Erickson officiated.
Cantrell was born Dec. 18, 1977, in Louisville. He was a self-employed laborer.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Joanne Cantrell and Joe Hoter; his father and stepmother, Curtis and Jeanne Cantrell; a brother, Rico Cantrell, and his grandfather, Jim Barry.
Visitation is Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 2 to 9 p.m. at Owen Funeral Home on Dixie Highway in Louisville.
The funeral is tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial in Bethany Cemetery.
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Stacy A. Tennill, 30, was driving north on Old Dam 43 Road on Sept. 16 when she hit the oncoming truck about 10:10 a.m., according to Officer Michael Kurz.
Joseph B. Lewis, 38, Jeffersonville, was driving the southbound dump truck for Riverton Truckers Inc. in Jeffersonville, police said. He was not injured.
A witness, who was driving another dump truck for Riverton, told police that when he met Tennill’s oncoming Ford Escort near Sunset Strip Road, she was left of center but went off the right side of the road after passing the first truck.
Tennill appeared to steer back onto the road. Kurz said evidence indicates that Tennill overcorrected and steered into the path of the truck driven by Lewis.
Police said Lewis applied his brakes and tried to steer to the right to avoid the collision but couldn’t.
Tennill was taken by STATCARE air ambulance to University of Louisville Hospital, where she died.
Police said Lewis was taken from the scene by a safety director for analysis.
Tennill was a bookkeeper-secretary for Smith Firestone.
Survivors include her husband, Brian L. Tennill; her father and stepmother, Mike D. and Sharon Smith of Jeffersonville; her mother, Patty W. Smith of Jeffersonville; a sister, Shannon L. Bline of Jeffersonville, and grandparents, M. Helen Wheeler and Susan M. Smith, both of Jeffersonville, and Carl C. Smith of Lanesville.
The funeral was Friday, Sept. 19, at Coots Funeral Home in Jeffersonville with burial in Walnut Ridge Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the Humane Association of Clark County.