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Washington County man killed in head-on collision on Springfield Highway

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Four Lebanon residents, including three children, were also injured

By The Staff

Kentucky State Police Trooper Fred Cornett is investigating a fatal collision that occurred Wednesday, Aug. 24, at approximately 4:25 p.m., two miles south of Springfield on KY 55.

The collision occurred when a 1999 Toyota, being driven by Bobby C. Perry, 71, of Springfield, was traveling northbound on KY 55, crossed the center line and struck a 2008 Honda, operated by Setsuko Obata, 50, of Lebanon, head on.

Perry was pronounced deceased at the scene. Setsuko Obata was flown from the scene of the collision to the University of Louisville Hospital for her injuries. She was listed in stable condition as of Friday morning at University Hospital.

Two passengers in the Obata vehicle, Sara Obata, 16, and Noel Obata, 14, were airlifted to Kosair Children's Hospital.  A third passenger in the Obata vehicle, Louis Obata, 12, was transported by Washington County EMS to Spring View Hospital and later transferred by ground to Kosairs. All subjects were belted at the time of the collision.

As of Friday morning, Sara and Noel Obata were both listed in fair condition. Louis was treated at Spring View, but is not a patient at Kosair.

Sara Obata was being treated for a head contusion, and Noel Obata received bruised lungs as a result of the collision, according to Marion County High School Principal Stacey Hall. 

Trooper Cornett was assisted at the scene by KSP Trooper Morris Farris, Washington County EMS and Washington County Fire and Rescue.

Perry a 'go-getter'

Perry worked at the Lebanon Kroger store, and according to Associate Manager Terri Farmer, he was a good person and a good employee.

"He was a go-getter. He was always laughing and singing songs," she said.

She added that he loved to work and did anything asked of him.

"He just was a one of a kind," Farris said.

Wednesday afternoon, Perry had just taken aluminum cans to be recycled and had dropped off the receipt at the store. He was on his way home at the time of the accident.

Perry worked as a bagger and a utility clerk, and Farris said he was always smiling.

"He was awesome. That's for sure," Farris said.