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3 Dead, 1 Hospitalized After Friday's Crash in Henderson County

Three people are now dead after a Friday afternoon crash on the Audubon Parkway in Henderson County.

Posted: Jun 4, 2021 5:29 PM
Updated: Jun 5, 2021 9:53 PM

Three people are now dead after a crash that happened Friday on the Audubon Parkway in Henderson County, Kentucky.

KSP says preliminary investigation indicated that 24-year-old Braelen Hicks-Schaefer of Spottsville, Kentucky, was driving east on the Audubon Parkway around 4:00 p.m, when for unknown reasons, her vehicle crossed into the westbound lanes and struck another vehicle head-on.

According to KSP, 62-year-old Tony L. Reutter of Henderson was driving the vehicle that was traveling west at the time of the crash. His passenger, 62-year-old Vickie L. Reutter of Henderson, died at the scene.

Tony Reutter remains hospitalized at Saint Vincent Hospital in Evansville where his condition is unknown.

Hicks-Schaefer was extricated from her vehicle and airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where she later died.

On Saturday, the Kentucky State Police said that the 1-year-old infant traveling with Hicks-Schaefer had died after being hospitalized Friday. The child was identified as Weston Schaefer, also of Spottsville.

The westbound lanes of the Audubon Parkway were shut down for some time following the crash.

KSP says the investigation is ongoing.

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