Winchester, KY Parkway Crash Kills 6, Apr 2000


Winchester, Ky. - (AP) - Six people were killed and three were injured when a van crossed the center line and struck another vehicle nearly head-on on the Mountain Parkway in Clark County, Kentucky State Police said.
The collision happened about 8:50 p.m. Saturday.
Killed were EMANUEL MILLER, 21; CATHERINE BURKE, 19; JIMMY MILLER, 13; and APP MILLER, 14, all of Jackson, and RICKY J. LUCAS, 37, of Pikeville and DON W. RATLIFF, 62, of Grundy, Va., police reported.
CONNIE LUCAS, age unknown, of Pikeville, and MARGARET RATLIFF, 57, also of Pikeville, were taken to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington. LUCAS was in critical condition and RATLIFF was in serious condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said. ERICA LUCAS, 11, was taken to Clark Regional Medical Center, where she was released yesterday, a hospital employee said.
JIMMY MILLER and APP MILLER were EMANUEL MILLER'S nephews, and BURKE was EMANUEL MILLER'S girlfriend, said state Trooper Mark Christopher. RICKY LUCAS and CONNIE LUCAS were a married couple, ERICA LUCVAS is their daughter and the RATLIFFS were CONNIE LUCAS' parents, Christopher said.
EMANUEL MILLER, who was driving a 1985 GMC van, was traveling west about nine miles east of Winchester when he lost control of the vehicle, police said. The van crossed the median, hit the eastbound 1999 Chevrolet Suburban driven by LUCAS, and ended up in the eastbound emergency lane.
The Suburban came to rest near the guardrail in the eastbound lane, police said.
Police did not know why EMANUEL MILLER lost control of the van. His passengers were Burke, Jimmy Miller and App Miller.
Police are still investigating but said they don't believe alcohol was a factor.
The van did not have air bags, and only Emanuel Miller was wearing a seat belt, police said. In the Suburban, two passengers - Ricky Lucas and Don Ratliff - were wearing seat belts, but Erica Lucas was not, police said. It was not known whether Connie Lucas and Margaret Ratliff had them on.

The Courier Journal Louisville Kentucky 2000-04-24