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Fatal wreck began with U-turn

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By The Staff

An Ohio driver making a U-turn Saturday morning on the Blue Grass Parkway turned into the path of a car being driven by a Hodgenville woman driving to Frankfort. The 74-year-old father died in the crash, Kentucky State Police report.

The fatal collision occurred at 8:05 a.m. Saturday four miles east of Elizabethtown.

James H. Brown of Hodgenville was dead at the scene. The cause of death was massive head trauma, said Kenneth Spangenberger, chief deputy coroner of Hardin County. He said the car’s roof collapsed onto Brown.

A 2008 Ford pickup driven by Christopher A. Storts, 33, of Pataskala, Ohio, was eastbound in the right lane when police say the vehicle began a turn and crossed into the path of a 2000 Saturn in the left eastbound lane.

Unable to stop, the car driven by Rebecca E. Brown, 38, of Hodgenville hit the pickup in the driver’s door and became partially lodged under the truck, Trooper Scott Rafferty’s accident investigation said.

Rebecca Brown received injuries described by police as minor. She was taken by air ambulance to University Hospital in Louisville. She was discharged late that evening.

She described her father as a semiretired, self-employed farmer.  She had been spending more time with him after the death of her mother, Phoebe, last year.

The police report said neither Storts nor a passenger in his pickup were hurt. All the occupants of both vehicles were wearing seatbelts, police reported.

Ms. Brown declined to discuss details of the wreck.

A complete obituary appears online at www.laruecountyherald.com and available in this week's print edition.