An Illinois man is being held at the Christian County Jail after a tractor-trailer he was driving hit a horse-drawn buggy, killing a young Amish girl and injuring three members of her family Friday night on Fort Campbell Boulevard, police said
Mark Bohms, 52, is being held for murder, operating a vehicle under the influence, criminal mischief and three counts of assault, according to the Christian County Jail’ s website.
A Kentucky State Police drug recognition expert evaluated Bohms, who drives for Schneider National Carrier based in Green Bay, Wis., at Jennie Stuart Medical Center and suspected Bohms of being under the influence of some kind of drug. Blood and urine tests are pending and could take several weeks, according to a Hopkinsville police report.
The accident occurred at 8:30 p.m. in the northbound lanes between Interstate 24 and Crenshaw Boulevard, which is the entrance to the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.
The tractor-trailer, driven by Bohms, was behind the buggy, driven by Abram Smoker, 58, of Herndon, in the right lane, said Hopkinsville Police Department spokesman Paul Ray.
Bohms attempted to move into the left lane but could not shift over soon enough to avoid hitting the buggy. Barber Smoker, 3, was pronounced dead at the scene, Ray said.
Helicopters flew all three of the injured buggy occupants to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said Steve Futrell, public information officer for the Hopkinsville Fire Department.
Abram Smoker, Susie Smoker, 52, and Katie Smoker, 5, all of Herndon, are all in stable condition and are still at the medical center, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Ray said two horses pulled the buggy. One horse was killed in the accident. The other horse apparently broke free and ran away. The buggy was virtually flattened and its wheels were knocked off.
Bohms was able to stop his tractor-trailer along the left shoulder of the highway. As police and ambulance personnel attended to the victims, he sat outside the tractor-trailer.
He sobbed with his head in his hands.
The northbound side of the boulevard remained closed late Friday night. One lane of traffic was open on the southbound side.
Ray said Bohms did not appear to be injured.
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