NBC has reported the names of 6 victims killed in a deadly Kentucky car crash that involved a big-rig truck and an SUV. Most of the 6 victims were from the same extended family that actually lived in Marion, Wisconsin.
I-65, near Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Saturday, March 2, 2013, at around 11:15 in the morning
Here are the six victims who died in this crash:
1. James Gollnow was 62 years old.
2. Barbara Gollnow, who was James’s wife, was also 62.
3. Marion Champnise was 92 years old and a friend of the Gollnow family.
4. Sarina Gollnow was 18 years old. NBC did not yet know the relationship between Sarina and James and Barbara.
5. Gabriel Zumig was 10 years old. He was a foster child.
6. Soledad Smith was 8 years old. She was also a foster child.
All of these victims are from Marion, Wisconsin.
Two foster children were seriously injured and sent to the hospital:
1. Hope Hoth is 15 years old.
2. Aidian Ejnik is 12 years old.
It is probably not accurate to call the truck driver a “suspect,” but he is certainly being questioned by the police.
The big rig slammed into the back of the SUV that occupied all the victims. The truck driver says he did hit his brakes, but it was too late. Police still didn’t yet know why the truck driver was not able to hit his brakes in time to avoid slamming into the SUV.
Because it is early in the investigation, we don’t yet know whether the truck driver will be charged with any crimes.