POLICE: Alcohol not a factor in double-fatal I-71 crash

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Toxicology reports prove what driver's wife said from the start – alcohol odor came from gifts in the back of vehicle

By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

Police say the driver of a vehicle that crossed the median on I-71 Thanksgiving Day and struck an oncoming car had not consumed alcohol.
Two Louisville teens later died from injuries they suffered in a Nov. 25  crash on I-71 near milemarker 14.
Police said the driver, Robert P. “Patrick” Kane, 33, of Buckner, lost control of his vehicle and collided with a car carrying Adrian Hightower, 19, and Madeline Thomas, 17,  both of Louisville, who died the next day.
OCPD Lt. Col. Billy Way said police subpoenaed toxicology reports from University Hospital that show Kane’s blood-alcohol content registered .00 at the time of the crash.
Emergency crews smelled alcohol on Kane and within his vehicle, however, Kane and his wife had purchased gifts at a liquor store less than an hour earlier.
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

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