A local resident has been killed in a two-vehicle accident in Wolfe County, Kentucky.
According to Kentucky State Police, black ice is to blame for the deadly crash that occurred Friday, December 14 on the Mountain Parkway (KY 9009) around 11:38 a.m. Eastern Time.
Police say Arnie Shuller, 53, of Evansville, Wisconsin, was traveling west in a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria when he attempted to pass a vehicle. He then hit a patch of black ice causing his vehicle to strike a 2000 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Kimberly Brown, 50, of Salyersville. Shuller’s vehicle then struck the guardrail then a 2010 Toyota Camry, operated by Paul Crouch, 61, of Mt. Sterling.
Victoria (Vicky) Stommel, 50, of Burkesville, a passenger in the Shuller vehicle, and Shuller’s sister, was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the accident. Wearing a seat belt, police believe the sheer force of the collision likely killed Stommel.
Crouch, Brown and other passengers, Gary Stommel and Albert Clemmons, were taken to Kentucky River Medical Center where they were treated and released. Passenger Noah Stommel was taken to Kentucky River Medical Center then transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with multiple injuries.
The accident was investigated by Kentucky State Police in Morehead.