Fatal crash in Knox County

Girdler, Ky. – On July 22, 2016 at 2:37 p.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call about a collision involving a motorcycle and a pick-up truck on Ky 11 in the Girdler community of Knox County. Tpr. Wayne Hensley, Tfc. Jason Young and KSP Det. Bryan Johnson responded to the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a black 2008 Harley Davidson operated by Patricia Burke, 56, of London was traveling south on Ky 11. Mrs. Burke was attempting to negotiate a curve when she lost control and crossed the center line and struck a 2007 Ford F-250 pick-up truck head on. The pick-up truck was operated by Harlan Taylor, 55, of Girdler.

Mrs. Burke was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Knox County Coroner. Mr. Taylor didn’t receive any injuries due to the collision but was taken to the Knox County ARH Hospital for a blood test which is a standard procedure. Mrs. Burke was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected into the collision.

Collision is still under investigation by Tpr. Wayne Hensley. Also assisted at the scene were Tfc. Jason Young, Det. Bryan Johnson, Det. Josh Cox, Knox County EMS, Knox County Sheriff’s Department, and the Knox County Coroner’s Office.

Crash scene photo provided by the Kentucky State Police.

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