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Family mourns the loss of a loved one killed in a car accident


Michael Kassinger's family said Michael was a preacher who was a loving father that would do anything for his daughters. They are still mourning the loss of Michael four months later.

Sam Kassinger was sitting at home with his family last October when he received an unexpected call from his younger brother Joey. "The first thing he said was Mikey is dead," said Sam Kassinger, Michael Kassinger's brother, "The next half hour or so was kind of a blur. It was kind of hazy. I remember holding my kids and remember them crying really hard."

The Kentucky State Police said Michael Kassinger, his wife Jessica Kassinger, and their two daughters Savannah and Sierra was driving on Kentucky 2713 in Ohio County on October 21, 2012 when 45-year-old Kevin Frame crossed the center line in his 1994 Ford truck and struck Michael Kassinger and his family. Michael Kassinger was pronounced dead by the Ohio Deputy coroner at the scene. Jessica Kassinger was transported to Owensboro Medical Health System where she was treated for her injuries. Savannah Kassinger was transported to Kosair's Children Hospital in Louisville by helicopter for her injuries and Sierra Kassinger was transported by helicopter to St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville. Sam Kassinger said he visited his niece Savannah in the hospital after the accident and didn't recognize her. "I went to the nurse and I said, 'I'm suppose to see my little niece Savannah.' I thought they put me in the wrong room. They said, 'no, that's her.' It almost like a horrific rug burn across her whole face.

Yesterday, Kentucky State Police Detective Chris Baker charged Kevin Frame in connection with the October fatal collision. Detective Baker served multiple indictment warrants that were carried down from the Ohio County Grand Jury. Frame was arrested and charged with murder, assault, 1st Degree (three counts, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, 1st offence, wanton endangerment, 1st degree (four counts), failure to wear a seat belt.

Sam Kassinger said Jessica and her two daughters are still in bad shape four months after the accident and have a long recovery ahead of them.

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