Boone County Sheriff's Office releases name of man killed in US-42 crash

Two others injured, including a teenager
Crash on US-42
Posted at 11:00 PM, Mar 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-21 08:47:15-04

UNION, Ky. — One person is dead, two others injured after a two-vehicle crash Sunday evening on US-42 between Bleu Yacht Lane and Ransom Drive in Union, Kentucky.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office identified the man killed as Charles Smith, 46, of Union.

Investigators said a man driving a 2006 Dodge Durango was traveling west on US-42, just past the Ransom Drive intersection, when he could not make a curve and left the road on the right side. The man attempted to correct the SUV back onto the roadway, but over-corrected and crossed the center-line into the wrong lane, a news release said. Investigators said the man then T-boned a 2011 Kia Forte, being driven by Smith.

WCPO photojournalist Rob Pieper was at the scene of the crash and saw the Durango about 20 feet up into someone's yard.

The sheriff's office said Union EMS tried to save Smith's life, but were unsuccessful. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

A teenage passenger in the backseat of Smith's car suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital, the release said.

The sheriff's office said the driver of the Durango suffered minor injuries and was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Investigators said speed appears to be a factor in the crash. As of right now, investigators said alcohol and drug impairment are unknown factors.

No charges have been filed at this time, the sheriff's office said.