Madison County accident claims lives of a father, toddler
Friday just before 8 a.m. a man and his young son were killed in a traffic accident on KY 52 in Madison County near the Estill County Line.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Ken Bradley was dispatched to the scene where a preliminary investigation revealed that Joshua Nelson, 28, was driving a Chevrolet sedan west (toward Richmond) on Richmond Road with his wife Taylor Shea Nelson 24, and sons, Jacob Nelson, 3, and Jonah Nelson, 1, all from Waco.
According to a KSP press release, a Buick sport utility vehicle, headed east, being driven by Lance Patterson 46 of Richmond, attempted to pass another eastbound vehicle. The vehicle hit the Nelson vehicle head-on. Patterson’s son, Cody Patterson, 16, was a passenger in the Buick.
Joshua Nelson and Jacob Nelson were pronounced dead at the scene by the Madison County Coroner. Taylor Shea Nelson and Jonah Nelson were transported to University of Kentucky Hospital with life-threatening injuries and were listed in critical condition. A report on Lex18.com stated that Jonah was released from the hospital on Sunday, while his mother remained hospitalized. Her condition was not known at press time.
The Patterson men were transported to Patti A Clay Hospital for treatment. Lance was taken to UK Hospital for additional treatment for his injuries.
The elder Patterson is the ROTC instructor at Estill County High School and Cody is a student there.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation by Kentucky State Police. A reconstruction of the accident was held Saturday.