Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 18, 2007

2 women killed in Greenup accident

Driver charged; drugs, alcohol suspected factors

SOUTH SHORE — A single-vehicle accident in Greenup County early Friday morning left two women dead and the driver of the car in which they were riding facing multiple criminal charges.

Stephanie Rhoden, 23, of Ashland, and Lisa Pick, 24, of Portsmouth, both were pronounced dead at the accident scene by Greenup County Deputy Coroner Rick Music, Kentucky State Police at Ashland said. Both women died of multiple injuries, said Trooper Elliott Gollihue, spokesman for the Ashland post.

The accident occurred about 3:20 a.m. on Flat Hollow Road, just south of South Shore. The driver, Donald Robinson, 22, of South Shore, was traveling southbound, toward Ky. 784, also known as Schultz Road, when he lost control of his 2007 Chevrolet Impala, the KSP said.

The passenger side of the vehicle struck a tree, causing the car to spin back into the roadway, according to the KSP.

Alcohol, drugs and excessive speed are all believed to have been factors in the wreck, the KSP said.

Robinson, who was not injured in the crash, was lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center, charged with two counts of reckless homicide, driving under the influence with aggravating circumstances, driving on a suspended license and possession of marijuana.

A third passenger in the vehicle, Robert Roe, 26, of South Shore, was taken to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. He was released after treatment for multiple injuries.

Pick, a front-seat passenger, was the only occupant of the vehicle who was wearing a seat belt, the KSP said.

Pick was Robinson’s girlfriend, Gollihue said. Rhoden was a friend of Pick’s and Roe is Robinson’s cousin.

The four were returning from Portsmouth when the accident occurred, Gollihue said.

The KSP was assisted at the accident scene by the South Shore police and fire departments. A KSP accident reconstruction specialist also was summoned to scene to document the crash.

The accident remains under investigation by Troopers Chris Yavorcik and Mike Murriel.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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