Victims identified in deadly wrongway collision on Watterson

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The coroner's office has released the identities of two people killed in a crash in the westbound lanes of I-264 early Tuesday.

Deputy Coroner Jim Wesley says 31-year-old Stephanie Byrd was driving a Dodge Intrepid eastbound in the westbound lanes of the Watterson Expressway around 3 a.m. when she collided with a Honda Accord driven by 32-year old Saul Figueroa Bautista

Both Bautista and Byrd were pronounced dead at the scene.

A witness told police they believe Byrd enter on the interstate around Taylor Boulevard before she collided with Bautista near the Crittenden Drive exit.

Police say Bautista may have never seen Byrd coming because her headlights were off.

"It appears that vehicle was traveling without its lights on," said LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell.

Police say a minivan was also clipped by one of the vehicles, but that driver was not hurt.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, but police say there were no obvious signs of alcohol.

The coroner's office did take blood samples for a toxicology test but it could take a few weeks before the results are known.

Crews cleared the scene and reopened the westbound lanes to traffic around 6:30 a.m.

Traffic in the area was already heavy, with crews making repairs to the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 as part of the Revive65 project.

Police were investigating whether or not alcohol or drugs may have played a role in the crash.

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