Ridge racing injures teens

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By Stephen Lega

 Four teenagers were injured as a result of an accident while racing early Saturday morning on Scott’s Ridge Road, according to the Kentucky State Police.


Jacob Smith, 18, Michael Hunter Wimsatt, 18, and Kyle Edlin, 16, all of Lebanon were flown from the scene to University Hospital in Louisville, and Anthony Firment, 18, of Raywick was flown to University of Kentucky Hospital. 

A fifth teenager, Dakota Mattingly, 18, of Lebanon was involved in the incident but was not injured, according to the state police.

Wimsatt was released from U of L on Sunday. As of Monday afternoon, Smith was listed in fair condition, and Edlin was listed in serious condition.

Firment was not listed as a patient at UK as of Monday afternoon.

The accident occurred near the intersection of JR Fields Road and Scott's Ridge Road. Smith was driving north in the northbound lane of Scott's Ridge Road in a 2002 Suburu, while Mattingly was driving north in the southbound lane in a 2000 Nissan, according to the state police.

While Smith and Mattingly were racing, the two vehicles collided, which caused the Suburu to spin in the roadway, cross the centerline, exit the road, strike a tree and overturn, the state police reported.

Edlin, Firment and Wimsatt were all passengers in Smith's vehicle.

None of the teenagers involved in the accident were wearing seat belts, according to the accident report.

State Trooper Chase Willis is investigating the collision.

The Marion County Sheriff's Department, Marion County EMS and the Marion County Rescue Squad also responded to the incident.