Commonwealth Journal

May 3, 2014

Science Hill man dies from injuries suffered in wreck

by Heather Tomlinson
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — A man involved in a Friday car accident passed away from his injuries.

Onie Preston Vaught, 80, of Science Hill, was pronounced dead Friday evening at the University of Kentucky Hospital, several hours after he was involved in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of North U.S. 27 and Ky. 2227 at traffic light 1.

According to a Somerset Police Department report, the accident happened at around 1:20 p.m. Friday. An investigation revealed that Gracie Epperson, 43, of Somerset, was operating a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer northbound on U.S. 27.

Epperson’s vehicle collided with Vaught’s 2000 Ford Ranger, which was westbound on Ky. 2227. Vaught was attempting to make a left turn from Ky. 2227 onto U.S. 27 when the collision occurred.

According to the accident report, Epperson told investigators she saw Vaught’s vehicle “traveling fast” off of Ky. 2227 and onto U.S. 27.

Epperson’s vehicle struck Vaught’s truck in the driver’s side.

Both drivers told investigators they had the green light.

But according to the accident report, four witnesses at the scene said Epperson’s light was red and Vaught’s “ ... light was green and had been green for several seconds” when the collision occurred.

Both drivers were treated at the scene by the Somerset-Pulaski County EMS and were transported to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Vaught was later airlifted to UK by AirMethods, where he passed away. He was pronounced dead by the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.

The Somerset Fire Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department assisted the Somerset Police Department at the scene.

The collision remains under investigation by SPD Officer Katrina Masters.