Police: Alcohol a possible factor in 2-vehicle crash in Independence that injured five

INDEPENDENCE, Ky. -- Five people were injured Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash in front of an Independence, Ky., high school.

Authorities said it is possible that speed, alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash that happened at 5:57 a.m. at 11132 Madison Pike in front of Simon Kenton High School. Three medical helicopters responded to the scene.

Police say the crash involved a pickup truck with Kentucky plates and a Ford Taurus with an Ohio registration. Of the five people injured -- four were in the Taurus and one was in the truck.

Three of the injured were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Authorities said the driver of the Taurus was heading south when he struck the pickup truck.

The driver of the Taurus was Anthony Scott Wagner Jr., from Cincinnati. The passengers were Nick Cecil and Gary Chestnut from Kentucky, and Rashawn Jones from Cincinnati. All four are in their early 20s, police said.

Independence police say they are recommending Wagner Jr. be charged with assault, but any charges will ultimately be the decision of the commonwealth attorney.

A statement from Wagner's family, released by UC Medical Center, said:

“We wish to thank all who are concerned for our son, Anthony Wagner Jr. Your support means a lot to us. This is a difficult time for us and we ask the media to please respect our privacy and that of those involved in the accident. We ask friends to please refrain from sharing any information about our son on social media. Any medical updates should come directly from us.  What we need most right now are prayers. Thank you for understanding.”

The driver of the pickup has not been named.

No current Kenton County students were involved in the crash, according to officials on the scene.

An accident reconstruction team was on the scene Wednesday morning working to determine the cause of the crash.

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