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KSP: 3 dead after two-vehicle wreck on Audubon Parkway

Published: Jun. 4, 2021 at 4:14 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 5, 2021 at 8:33 PM CDT
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - Henderson Dispatch confirms an accident happened on the westbound lanes of Audubon Parkway on Friday afternoon.

Officials say the crash occurred at the three-mile marker on the parkway near Posey Ball Road.

Trooper Corey King with Kentucky State Police says the crash involved two vehicles.

According to a KSP press release, 24-year-old Braelen Hicks-Schaefer, of Spottsville, was driving in the eastbound lanes, before crossing the median and hitting a westbound car being driven by 62-year-old Tony Reutter, of Henderson, in a head-on collision.

KSP officials say Reutter’s passenger, 62-year-old Vickie Reutter, was pronounced dead on scene, while Tony was transported by ambulance to Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville for treatment. Authorities say his condition is unknown.

State troopers tell 14 News that Hicks-Schaefer was extricated from her vehicle and airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, where she later died.

KSP officials say an infant in Hick-Schaefer’s vehicle was also transported to Deaconess Hospital.

On Saturday, KSP announced the Henderson County Coroner’s Office confirmed the infant, who authorities identified as 1-year-old Weston Schaefer of Spottsville, died as a result of the injuries sustained during the crash. Officials say the infant was pronounced dead just before 5 p.m.

Authorities say the westbound lanes of the Audubon Parkway were closed for several hours as KSP reconstructed the collision.

The accident remains under investigation.

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