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Deadly wreck leaves one dead and two critically injured after man flees from trooper in Flaherty area

A deadly crash involving two vehicles occurred on Sunday, March 10, just outside Big Spring in Breckinridge County after a Radcliff man fled from law enforcement. According to Kentucky State Police, a trooper on KY 313 attempted to make a routine speed enforcement stop on a vehicle near Flaherty at approximately 5:30 p.m. The trooper initiated the stop after observing a 2009 Ford Fusion traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver, who would later be identified as Rodney Richards, 51, refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued.

Richards turned off of KY 313 onto KY 333, with the pursuit continuing through Big Spring into Breckinridge County. While traveling on KY 333 at the intersection of McDonald Lane, near Rosetta Corners, Richards crossed the center line into the path of Jordan Lynch, 40 of Custer, who was driving a 2009 Jeep Wrangler.

Richards was pronounced deceased by the Breckinridge County Coroner. Lynch was flown to University of Louisville Hospital with life-threatening injuries. A 14-year-old passenger in Lynch's vehicle was airlifted to Norton Children's Hospital after also sustaining life-threatening injuries.

The roadway was closed for several hours as the KSP collision reconstruction team worked the scene. KSP was assisted at the scene by both Meade County and Breckinridge County Sheriff's Offices, the Breckinridge County Coroner's Office and Breckinridge County EMS. The KSP Critical Incident Response Team continues to investigate the collision.

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