September 19 update – A woman who caused a three-fatality collision on Interstate 75 in Lexington faces upgraded charges. Lexington Police investigators today obtained warrants for 42-year-old Tammy Rodriguez of Louisville for Murder (3 counts), Assault 1st, and Wanton Endangerment 1st.
On the night of September 4, Rodriguez was driving the wrong way on I-75 North when her Ford F-150 struck two other vehicles. Three people were killed in the crash, and Rodriguez was initially charged with DUI and No Operator’s License.
Through the course of its investigation, the police department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit determined that Rodriguez passed at least one vehicle and continued driving in the wrong direction for nearly one mile. Because of her actions, Rodriguez is accused of exhibiting extreme indifference to the value of human life and wantonly engaging in conduct which resulted in the deaths of three people.
Rodriguez is currently housed in the Fayette County Detention Center.
Sept. 5 Release - The Lexington Police Department is investigating an interstate collision that killed three people late Wednesday night.
Shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, authorities in Clark County notified Lexington Police that a vehicle fleeing from Winchester Police on I-64 West was approaching Fayette County. Approximately three minutes later, prior to Lexington officers arriving to the area, a collision was reported on I-75 North at the 110-mile marker.
The Lexington Police Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and has determined the following:
- The fleeing vehicle was a Ford F-150 driven by 42-year-old Tammy Rodriguez. Based on a preliminary investigation, officers believe Rodriguez merged from I-64 West to I-75 North and then made an abrupt U-turn, driving in the wrong direction in the northbound lanes. Two passengers were also in the truck.
- The F-150 hit a Chevrolet Sonic head-on and then collided with a Jeep Cherokee, causing the Jeep to rollover.
- One passenger in the F-150 was pronounced deceased at the scene. She has been identified by the Fayette County Coroner’s Office as Debbie Lynn Bevins, 35, of Pikeville. The other passenger was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Both the driver (Taylor Blevins, 26) and the passenger (Caitlyn Bailey, 20) in the Chevrolet Sonic were pronounced deceased at the scene and identified by the Fayette County Coroner’s Office. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee sustained injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening at this time.
- Rodriguez was injured in the crash, however, her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Lexington Police have charged her with Driving Under the Influence and No Operator’s License.
Information regarding the police pursuit will be released by the Winchester Police Department.
The Collision Reconstruction Unit’s investigation is ongoing. Additional charges against Rodriguez are pending.