Two die in weekend accidents

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Loretto man, Bardstown woman died in separate incidents

By Stephen Lega

Accidents on Springfield Highway and on KY 49 ended in two fatalities over the weekend.

Joseph Raikes, 26, of Loretto died in a single-vehicle accident early Sunday morning, and Virginia Simpson of Bardstown died after a collision Saturday afternoon.

According to the Kentucky State Police, Raikes was driving north on KY 49. He lost control of the 2006 Dodge truck he was driving around 1 a.m. Nov. 11, approximately five miles north of Lebanon. The state police reported that Raikes' vehicle dropped off the shoulder of the road, left the roadway and traveled over an embankment.

Raikes, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the truck, according to the state police. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroner.

State Trooper Joshua Dicken investigated the accident.

Springfield Highway accident

Simpson died at the scene of an accident at 5:30 p.m. Saturday on Springfield Highway, approximately 4.4 miles north of Lebanon.

Two other people were transported to Spring View Hospital following the collision.

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Richard T. Bishop of Cloverdale, Ind., was driving north on Springfield Highway in a silver Chevy Impala LT. He moved into the southbound lane to pass a 2005 Toyota driven by Masotoshi Miyama of Springfield.

According to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements, Bishop told the investigating officer that at first he did not see Simpson's vehicle, a blue Chevy station wagon, which was driving southbound on Springfield Highway.

"[Bishop] accelerated to get out of her lane and they collided," Clements said.

Bishop also collided with Miyama's vehicle, but Miyama was not injured.

Simpson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroner.

Bishop and a passenger in his vehicle, Carol A. Mink, also of Cloverdale, Ind., were transported to Spring View Hospital. Bishop was listed in stable condition and transferred to University Hospital in Louisville. Mink was treated and released.

The accident caused the highway to be closed until shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday evening.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office investigated the accident. Marion County EMS, Marion County Rescue, Marion County Emergency Management and the Lebanon Police assisted.