Marion County Wreck Kills Passenger, Injures Driver
Shannon Pinkston, a 34 year-old Bardstown woman, died tragically early Sunday morning when the car in which she was a passenger crashed in rural Marion County.
Police say 36 year old James Pinkston was driving north on Highway 527, when he lost control, ran off the road and struck a tree. He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car. He was taken to University of Louisville hospital with unknown injuries as of the time of this writing.
Police also say Shannon Pinkston was not wearing a seatbelt and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident. An investigation is pending into these and other issues.
Vanessa Cantley, partner with Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger, comments: "It is unclear from reports what the familial relationship was between Mr. & Ms. Pinkston, if any. Regardless, if alcohol was a contributing factor to causing this wreck, or if Mr. Pinkston was in any way negligent in losing control of his vehicle, even if he was married or otherwise related to Ms. Pinkston, he will liable to her estate for damages resulting from her tragic death.
It is also reported that neither Mr. or Ms. Pinkston were wearing seatbelts at the time of the wreck. Sometimes individuals are ejected from a vehicle and officers assume a seat belt was not in use. However, many times an investigation reveals that a seatbelt was in use, it simply contained a faulty locking mechanism that caused it to malfunction. It is always important to hire an experienced accident reconstrutionist to assist in the investigation."