KSP Releases Names of Five Involved in McLean Co. Collision

Kentucky State Police have identified the people involved in a single-vehicle collision on KY 56 in McLean County.

The collision happened Wednesday morning around 5:40.

Allen Rodriguez, 29 of Sebree, was traveling east on KY 56 when he overcorrect his vehicle – causing it to run off the right shoulder.

KSP said it's unknown why Rodriguez overcorrected.

The vehicle then struck a tree and crashed into a ditch at final rest.

Rodriguez was taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville by Air Evac #10. His condition is unknown. It's believed he was wearing his seatbelt.

The front seat passenger, 29-year-old Maria Pascual, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was wearing her seatbelt, according to authorities.

The rear passenger, 29-year-old Manual Gasper, was taken by McLean County Ambulance to Methodist Hospital in Henderson. His injuries are unknown and authorities say he was wearing a seatbelt.

Jose Riso Berto, 29, was also a rear passenger. He was treated on scene and released. He was also wearing a seatbelt, authorities said.

Rear passenger, 32-year-old Walter Francisco Pascual, was sent to Deaconess Hospital by Air Evac #46. His injuries are unknown and authorities said he was wearing a seat belt.

 

Just before 6:00 AM Wednesday, first responders answered the call to a fatal accident on Kentucky 56. So did Fr. Carmelo Jimenez of Saint Michael Catholic Church in Sebree.

"I knew it was something bad," he said.

He was called in to help as a translator for those injured in the wreck, which killed Pascual, one of his parishioners.

"She was very faithful person," said Fr. Jimenez. "She was a mother for a little girl, 10 months old, and always come to the church and pray. Sometimes, during the night, sometimes during the day."

"We do know speed does play a role in a lot of collisions and various runoffs on 56, but we do hold a lot of curves in this roadway. We have worked quite a few serious wrecks on this stretch within the past decade or so."

Fr. Jimenez says Pascual is originally from Guatemala, but moved to Sebree from Beaver Dam recently.  She, and the four others, were employed by a local farmer at the time, and were traveling to work. Troopers say it appears all five were using seat belts.

"I'm so sorry for that family. We pray for them a lot. All the community is praying, not only the Hispanic community, but all the parties that knew," adds Fr. Jimenez.

Authorities said the cause of the collision is still under investigation.


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