Three individuals involved in two separate catastrophic wrecks remain hospitalized at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.
The first accident occurred Friday night at the intersection of North US 27 and Ky. 1247 in Eubank. According to a hospital spokesperson, 50-year-old Walter "Bill" Hellmueller of Louisville remains in critical condition at UK. Hellmueller was the operator of one of two Harley Davidson motorcycles struck by a 2004 Mercury SUV at the intersection of US 27 and Ky. 1247 in Eubank around 7 p.m. Friday evening.
Hellmueller was airlifted to UK along along with his passenger -- 52-year-old Michelle L. Cahill of Louisville -- and the passenger on the other motorcycle -- 63-year-old Pamela Drake Burton of Louisville. Drake Burton was listed in serious condition as of Tuesday afternoon.
Cahill later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital and is scheduled to be laid to rest this morning in Louisville. The operator of the other motorcycle -- 61-year-old James R. Burton of Louisville -- was killed at the scene. The SUV's driver -- 27-year-old Joshua Newcombe of Eubank -- was not seriously injured.
Less than 72 hours later, another fatal accident occurred on South US 27 in downtown Burnside. Postal worker Deanna Jean Chaney, 42, of Eubank, was in the process of taking her five-year-old granddaughter Kyleigh Hobbs to a babysitter around 6:30 a.m. Monday morning when their southbound Chrysler van was struck head on by a northbound Kia SUV which had crossed the center line for as yet undetermined reasons.
The Kia's driver -- 41-year-old Brandy C. Montgomery of Pine Knot, Ky. -- was first transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital but later transferred to UK in critical condition. As of Tuesday afternoon, Montgomery's condition had been upgraded to serious.
Both Chaney and Hobbs succumbed to their injuries Monday shortly after the accident. Joint services have been arranged for them with visitation scheduled for Thursday evening beginning at 6 p.m. at Southern Oaks Funeral Home. The funeral is scheduled for the following afternoon starting at 1 p.m.