Three individuals involved in two separate recent wrecks remain at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, though the condition of two of them has improved.
Walter "Bill" Hellmueller, 50, of Louisville, and Pamela Drake Burton, 63, of Louisville, were both seriously injured in a collision that occurred Friday, June 14 in Eubank and killed two other people.
Hellmueller remains listed in "critical" condition, as he was following the accident. Last week, Drake Burton's condition was listed as "serious," by a UK spokesperson, but that condition has improved to "fair" as of Monday.
The accident in which those two individuals were injured occurred at the intersection of North US 27 and Ky. 1247 in Eubank. Hellmueller was the operator of one of two Harley Davidson motorcycles struck by a 2004 Mercury SUV and was airlifted to UK along along with his passenger, Michelle L. Cahill, 52, of Louisville, and Drake Burton.
Cahill later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The operator of the other motorcycle --James R. Burton, 61, of Louisville -- was killed at the scene. The SUV's driver -- Joshua Newcombe, 27, of Eubank -- was not seriously injured.
Less than 72 hours later, another fatal accident occurred on South U.S. 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. last Monday morning when their southbound Chrysler van was struck head on by a northbound Kia SUV which had crossed the center line.
The Kia's driver, Brandy C. Montgomery, 41 of Pine Knot, Ky., was first transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital but later transferred to UK in critical condition. She is listed as being in "fair" condition at UK as of Monday, an improvement from last Tuesday when she was listed in "serious" condition.
Both Chaney and Hobbs succumbed to their injuries Monday shortly after the accident.