7-year-old killed in crash; man charged with murder, DUI

Updated: Mar. 29, 2019 at 5:24 PM EDT
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HARNED, KY (WAVE) – A man faces several charges after a 7-year-old girl died and two adults were hospitalized with life threatening injuries following a crash in Breckinridge County. A local auto shop owner says he did what he could to help.

The crash was reported on KY 259 around 7:22 p.m. CDT Thursday, according to Kentucky State Police.

Police said Joey Carter, 35, of Hardinsburg, was driving south in a 2002 Ford Explorer when he turned into the path of a 2007 Ford Fusion traveling north driven by Jonathan Masterson, 29, of Hudson, Kentucky.

Jim Burnstine owns Absolute Automotive in Harned and rushed outside his shop after hearing a loud boom. He was one of the first people to see the SUV upside down and the sedan off the road near his shop.

“I heard people screaming looked over at the car and saw what I saw,” Burnstine says was it saw was heartbreaking.

Burnstine says he noticed Carter get out of his car with minimal injuries. The sound of cries shifted his focus to the sedan. Masterson, his wife Ashlynn Masterson, 30, and their daughter were in the car.

“You see a seven-year-old girl laying there and you know nothing good is going to come out of it,” Burnstine said.

The 7-year-old who was in the backseat of Masterson’s vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Mastersons were taken to University of Louisville Hospital with life threatening injuries. Carter was taken to Breckinridge Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

He was lodged into Breckinridge County Detention Center and charged with murder, assault and driving under the influence.

KSP reconstructionist continues to investigate the crash. Trooper Scotty Sharp, KSP Post 4 Public Affairs Officer said it’s another crash the agency works so hard to prevent.

“With these kinds of incidents, we hope people at some point learn a lesson but unfortunately it’s tragic,” Trooper Sharp said.

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