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November 28, 2012

Slide into intersection claims passenger

Somerset —  

An early-morning wreck on Tuesday turned tragic later in the day, as it resulted in the death of a Louisiana woman.
According to Somerset Police, the accident occurred at 4:47 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 27 and the Ky. 80 bypass.
It was the fourth fatal wreck within the Somerset city limits this year.
The investigation by the Somerset Police Department (SPD) revealed that Amber Moore, 27, of Denham Springs, La., was operating a 1997 Plymouth Breeze westbound on the East Ky. 80 Bypass and was approaching the US 27 intersection. 
Moore told officers she tried to apply her brakes for the red light, but slid into the intersection.
Lt. Shannon Smith of SPD said that the roadway was “slightly wet” at the time of the crash due to local precipitation.
Moore’s Plymouth was struck in the driver’s side by a 2003 Dodge Caravan that was headed northbound on U.S. 27, driven by David Brashears, 48, of Bronston.
Moore and her passenger, Patricia Racca, 52, also of Denham Springs, were treated at the scene by the Somerset Fire Department and the Somerset-Pulaski County EMS. Both were transported to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. 
Racca was later transferred to the University of Kentucky Hospital, and died from her injuries. She was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m. Tuesday by the Fayette County Coroner’s Office in Lexington.
Smith said that the tragic outcome wasn’t necessarily expected, since it didn’t appear at the time of the wreck that Racca’s injuries were “life-threatening” based on responders’ assessment. 
“Obviously, her condition deteriorated throughout the day,” said Smith. “Once they got her to the hospital, they realized the need for more advanced treatment,” resulting in the transfer to UK.
Moore, Racca, and Brashears were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident. Intoxication is not suspected as a factor.

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