A wreck early Monday morning in Todd County claimed the life of the vehicle's driver.

Michael S. Wright, 41, Lewisburg, lost control of the car for an unknown reason at 6:09 a.m. Monday one mile north of Highland Lick Road on Kentucky 181 south in Todd County, according to a Kentucky State Police report.

KSP Public Affairs Officer Rob Austin said in his report that a preliminary investigation by the state police post at Madisonville revealed that a 1999 Nissan passenger car was traveling south on the highway when Wright loss control.

The vehicle exited the shoulder of the southbound lane, traveled down an embankment, struck a tree and caught fire, Austin said. He noted that the car was only occupied by Wright, who was pronounced dead at the scene by the Todd County coroner's office.

The identity of the driver was released Tuesday. Kentucky State Trooper Mark Combs investigated the wreck.

In addition to the Todd County coroner's office, KSP was assisted at the scene by the Todd County Sheriff's Department, Clifty and Elkton volunteer fire departments, Elkton Police Department, Todd County Emergency Management, the Todd County Chaplain's Service and Todd County Emergency Medical Services/ComCare Inc.

Man loses control on motorcycle, strikes fence

Randy Pryor Jr., Fort Campbell, 20, was traveling westbound on a Suzuki motorcycle at the 8100 block of Julien Road around 7:21 p.m.Tuesday, according to the Christian County Sheriff’s Department.

Witnesses stated Pryor passed them at a very high rate of speed entering the curve on a double yellow line, according to the police report. As he passed the witnesses in their vehicles, another vehicle traveling east was approaching, according to the report. Pryor allegedly quickly switched back to the westbound lane and hit some gravel from a driveway and lost control causing him to go into a ditch and strike a fence.

Pryor was wearing a helmet and had minor injuries. He was transported to Jennie Stuart Medical Center around 8 p.m.

According to the sheriff’s report, the officer could not find proof of insurance for the motorcycle and the Tennessee tag expired May 2019.

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