Three-year-old becomes second fatality from multi-vehicle accident inTaylor County

Posted December 12, 2018 at 10:23 am

A chain reaction, multi-vehicle wreck late last month has claimed a second victim, a three-year-old Taylor County child.

According to reports, Hunter Hedgespeth died last Wednesday, December 5 at Norton’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville, some eight days after the accident that occurred in Campbellsville on Tuesday, November 27.

The young child was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Sarah Hedgespeth, 20, which was one of the vehicles involved .

According to reports following the wreck, the incident occurred at approximately 2:37 p.m. on KY 55 in the area of Swan’s Landing in Taylor County.

The report said that a 2017 GMC Yukon operated by 50-year-old Kathy Begley of Campbellsville was stopped on KY 55 waiting to make a left hand turn into Swan’s Landing when a 2003 Dodge dually pickup that was pulling a goose neck trailer loaded with logs and driven by John Yoder, 29, of Columbia, failed to see several vehicles stopped in front of him, waiting for Begley to turn.

Yoder struck a 2007 Chevrolet Impala in the rear, operated by David Coop, 48, of Albany, which caused a chain reaction collision.

The Coop vehicle, which was a taxi owned by Smith’s Tax LLC of Albany, then struck the 2003 Honda Element operated by Sarah Hedgespeth, of Greensburg, causing the Hedgespeth vehicle to strike Begley’s vehicle, which was stopped waiting to turn.

Coop’s taxi was carrying passengers Rosa A. Muse, 55; Earl W. Muse, 61, and Steven K. Taylor, 31, all of Burkesville.

All parties involved in the collision, except Yoder, were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville-Taylor County EMS.

Taylor was pronounced dead at Taylor Regional Hospital while the three-year-old, Hunter Hedgespeth, was later transferred by EMS to Norton’s where he passed away the following week from injuries sustained in the accident.