The driving force of a SUV concerned in an accident in northern Pulaski County which claimed the lives of Louisville motorcyclists Friday nighttime was creating a short errand in his pal’s car whilst the terrible crash happened.

Heather Shepherd stated she picked up Joshua Newcombe, 27, of Eubank, only a brief time earlier than the deadly crash due to the fact his automobile had damaged down.

“When we got back to my residence, (Joshua) realized he needed to get some thing for his infant,” Shepherd stated. “Usually, I would transport him myself. But this time I simply permit him pressure my SUV. He lives much less than 10 mins away.”

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Newcombe turned into driving the 2004 Mercury SUV westbound on Ky. 1247 near Eubank when he pulled into the direction of bikes touring southbound on U.S. 27.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, James R. Burton, 61, of Louisville, Ky., died on the scene. Burton become operating one of the bikes.

Michele L. Cahill, 52, of Louisville, Ky., become one among 3 men and women to be airlifted from the scene Friday night. She died as a result of her accidents as nicely, in step with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. Cahill changed into a passenger on a 2nd bike worried within the crash.

“It’s one of the worst injuries I’ve seen regarding a bike right here in pretty some time,” Capt. Troy McLin, with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, told WKYT.

Burton changed into operating a 2014 Harley Davidson. He become reported dead at the scene. A passenger on his motorcycle, Drake Burton, sixty three, of Louisville, Ky., become airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Walter W. Hellmueller, 50, of Louisville, Ky., turned into operating the other motorbike, a 2007 Harley Davidson. Cahill become his passenger. Both were airlifted from the scene to UK. Cahill died later from her accidents.

Newcombe told deputies he failed to see the 2 motorcycles as they exceeded thru the intersection, consistent with a record from WKYT. The driving force is cooperating with deputies.

Officials say they see an uptick in crashes regarding bikes at some stage in the summer months and they’re urging drivers to take more precautions whilst on the road.

“Drivers just want to observe their surroundings and bikes, they’re not as seen as everyday motors, so they want to look at out for motorcyclists,” said Capt. McLin.

Shepherd stated Newcombe is “devastated” with the aid of the crash.

“Joshua will have to live with that for the relaxation of his lifestyles,” Shepherd stated. “It’s a very dangerous intersection and it’s tough to see pulling out onto 27 there. It became just a horrible coincidence.”

Shepherd said Newcombe refused remedy Friday night, but changed into stricken by sore ribs on Saturday.

No costs were filed presently.

There turned into a few initial confusion about who owned the vehicle, ensuing inside the name of a Manchester, Ky., man being diagnosed as the driving force. Shepherd told the Commonwealth Journal she owned the SUV.

“I traded vehicles with him a pair months in the past and the SUV just wasn’t in my call yet,” Shephard explained.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s devices were assisted at the scene with the aid of the Eubank Volunteer Fire Department, Eubank Police Chief Tony Duncan, Pulaski County Deputy Coroner Anthony Gossett and the Pulaski County Hazmat Team.

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