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November 28, 2012

Slide into intersection claims passenger

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Somerset —

Moore and Racca were on their way to visit family in McCreary County, said Smith. He said that most accidents at that early hour happen while people on their way to work, and he isn’t sure if Moore was accustomed to driving throughout the night. 
“There are several questions left on the whole thing,” he said, noting that police had not found evidence that Moore’s car had skidded through the intersection as she reported.
Of the now four fatal accidents in 2012, two — including this one — have been in parts of Somerset that have been within the town’s borders for a long time, and the other two on the newly-annexed roadways the city took in earlier this year.
Still, “our accident numbers have been elevated, but they’re only slight elevated through the first of this month,” said Smith, noting that when tallying up the wrecks in January through October, “there weren’t as many wrecks as you might expect for having 50 additional miles of state highway.”
When adding the extra roads to patrol, Smith said the police department knew wreck numbers would be higher, but “visibility and enforcement are helping keep those numbers as low as we can possibly keep them.”

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