Albany businessman killed in Sunday wreck

Posted October 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Police officers, EMS and fire fighters were called to the scene of a fatal collision Sunday night, September 30, around 8 p.m. on North U.S. 127 in front of Denney’s Auto and Marine, about one mile north of Albany.

Clinton County police officers were on the scene Sunday night, September 30, after a fatal collison occurred on U.S. 127 in front of Denney’s Auto and Marine claiming the life of Albany businessman Bharatkumar Patel.

John Byers, 80, of Albany was traveling north on U.S. 127 operating a 1989 Ford pickup when his vehicle struck a Schwinn moped operated by Bharatkumar Patel, 48, of Albany.

Patel has been the owner/operator of Somerset Oil in North Albany for several years.

Patel was transported to the Clinton County Hospital where he was pronounced dead by Clinton County Coroner’s Office.

Patel wasn’t wearing a helment and was thrown from the moped at the time of the collision. Byers was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured during the accident.

The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Albany Police Department, blocked off traffic on U.S. 127 and re-routed vehicles along the 127 By-pass until Kentucky State Police could arrive on scene.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Nick Davis was assisted by the Albany Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Clinton County EMS and the Albany Fire Department.

According to the press release issued by the KSP, the investigation of the collision is ongoing by Trooper Davis.