Preliminary statistics indicate traffic crashes killed one in Ashland, two in Rowan County and two more in nearby Montgomery County last week.

They were among 20 who died in 17 separate crashes, according to figures released by the Kentucky State Police.

The Ashland victim was Robert L. Nunley III, who was a passenger in a car that crashed on Blackburn Avenue on Oct. 2.

Morley Evans of Ashland and Ronald Tackett of Wheelersburg died in a crash on Ky. 519 in Morehead on Saturday.

And two motorcyclists from Oklahoma died in Montgomery County on Friday when a pickup struck them while they were off their bikes in the emergency lane of I-64.

Statewide, 14 of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and eight of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one victim is unknown at this time.

Four of the fatalities were the result of motorcycle crashes and two were not wearing helmets. Two fatalities were pedestrians. Six of the fatalities were the result of crashes involving alcohol.

One other double fatality crash occurred, in Pendleton County.

Three single-fatality crashes occurred in Madison County. Two single-fatality crashes occurred in Meade County and two in Morgan County. Single-fatality crashes also occurred in Hardin, Hopkins, Laurel, Leslie, Lincoln and Oldham counties.

As of Sunday, preliminary statistics indicate 661 have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. The total is 32 fewer than reported for the same time period in 2006. Of the 525 motor vehicle fatalities, 300 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 84 motorcycle fatalities, 48 were not wearing helmets. Of the 24 ATV fatalities, 20 were not wearing helmets. Twenty-seven pedestrians and one bicyclist have been killed. A total of 159 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

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