Science Hill —
A Pulaski County High School senior is dead and a man has been charged with murder after a two-vehicle collision occurred late Monday evening.
Jacob Ebenstein, 19, of Puncheon Lane, Eubank, was pronounced dead following the accident, which occurred at 10:34 p.m. approximately 10 miles north of Somerset at the intersection of Ky. 635 and Smith Vault Road.
The PCHS community is reeling from the sudden loss, as Ebenstein was only around a month away from graduating high school.
“Any time we lose a member of our school community, the impact is felt by everyone,” said Sonya Wilds, assistant superintendent of Pulaski County Schools. “Jacob has been with us his entire school career so losing a senior, a month before graduation, makes the loss even more tragic.”
According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, William S. Wesley, 40, of Stanford Street, Science Hill, was operating a 1999 Hyundai eastbound on Ky. 635 when he crossed into the path of a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Ebenstein, which was headed westbound.
Ebenstein was ejected from the motorcycle. According to Sheriff Todd Wood, he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Ebenstein was treated for his injuries at the scene by Somerset-Pulaski EMS and flown by Air Methods to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.
Wesley was arrested at the scene and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc., .08, a first offense.
On Monday afternoon, the sheriff’s office obtained a warrant to charge Wesley with one count of murder in connection with the accident,
Wesley remained in the Pulaski County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash bond.
According to the warrant, Wesley smelled strongly of alcohol and told Deputy Charles Boston that he had been fishing and drank four beers within the last two hours. Wesley also blew a .259 on the preliminary breath test. A blood sample was taken and sent to the Kentucky State Police lab for analysis.