A Bradenton couple traveling to visit family for Christmas were killed in a car accident on Christmas Eve near Flatlick, Ky., and police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the collision that also claimed three other lives.
Brent Robinson, son of Rhonda and Don Robinson, a former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, and Julia Robinson, a Manatee County Schools speech therapist, died with Julia Robinson’s parents when another vehicle struck their car head-on around 5 p.m. Monday in Knox County, Ky.
David Vanderpool, 31, was driving north on U.S. 25E when he swiftly crossed the median, his passenger side striking the front of the 2010 Toyota Camry driven by Gary Caldwell, 61. Vanderpool’s 2004 Ford Taurus rolled over the top of the Caldwell vehicle, which also held his wife, Patricia, 58, and the Robinsons. Vanderpool was also killed in the crash.
Terry Caldwell, brother of Gary Caldwell, said police told his cousin that Vanderpool’s car was “running from 80 to 90 miles per hour,” according to the Lexington (Ky.) Herald Leader.
Kentucky State Police Detective Michael Cornett, an accident reconstructionist, told the Bradenton Herald that no one was alive when he and others from the Kentucky State Police and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene 13 minutes after they received a call at 5:20 p.m. Alcohol was found from one of the vehicles, Cornett said, but wouldn’t elaborate on which one until police determine if alcohol played a role in the collision. Blood tests were taken from all involved and will be sent to police crime, he said, and results could take weeks. But the time of the wreck, Knox County deputies had been looking for Vanderpool’s car because of a report of an impaired driver, Cornett told the Herald Leader.