Two women were killed in a Mason County car accident on the morning of July 5, 2013. The alleged crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. on Kentucky 11 just north of the BP Shamrock gas station.
According to news reports of the accident, 42-year-old Jane Schatz of Fleming County, Kentucky, was traveling north in a 1999 Dodge Intrepid on Kentucky 11 when her car crossed the center line and entered the southbound lane. At the same time, 57-year-old Bobbie Hall of Olive Hill, Kentucky, was traveling south on Kentucky 11 in a 2005 Ford Escape. When Ms. Schatz allegedly crossed the center line, her vehicle collided head-on with Ms. Hall’s vehicle. Ms. Hall’s vehicle reportedly became airborne and went over the guardrail and down an embankment. Neither driver had any passengers in the car at the time of the crash.
Both Jane Schatz and Bobbie Hall were pronounced dead at the scene of this Mason County head-on collision. The authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash.
In 2011, the most recent year for which final statistics are available, head-on collisions caused about one out of every three fatal accidents involving two vehicles in Kentucky. While head-on collisions were responsible for just over 33 percent of fatal two-car crashes, fewer than 2 percent of all two-car collisions in the Commonwealth of Kentucky were head-on collisions. Taken together, these statistics show that head-on auto collisions in Kentucky are rare, but that they have a very high fatality rate when they occur.
Our Kentucky wrongful death lawyers extend our sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this tragic Mason County head-on collision.