Victim identified in deadly river crash

WATCH | Victim identified in deadly river crash
Published: Nov. 11, 2022 at 11:11 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - UPDATE: According to Kentucky State Police, the initial investigation indicates a 2017 Nissan Altima, operated by a 17-year-old of Lexington was traveling north on Old Richmond Road. Police say the juvenile lost control of the vehicle, causing it to go over a steep embankment, and submerge in the Kentucky River. Two juvenile passengers were able to exit the vehicle but were unable to rescue the operator.

The Lexington Fire Department Dive team was able to locate the vehicle and juvenile just before 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The 17-year-old was pronounced dead on the scene by the Madison County Coroner’s Office.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by Kentucky State Police.

UPDATE: Officials say they have found the missing person in the Kentucky River around 2 p.m. Saturday.

The body located was that of a 17-year-old female, which has been sent to the Medical Examiner’s office in Frankfort.

The Madison County Coroner has identified the victim as Maci Grace Wyan of Lexington.

Several units returned to the scene Saturday morning to continue searching the area.

Officials on the scene did not have an update on the condition of the two males found Friday.

“As we start into winter weather, and we get these temperature drops, it’s very important that folks on the roadway take their time. Slow down. We’ve got a lot of curvy roads here in Kentucky and things can happen and it’s very important to take your time. Arrive safely,” said Director of Madison County Emergency Management, Dustin Heiser.

Kentucky State Police have taken over the investigation.

ORIGINAL: One person remains missing after a car went into the Kentucky River near Old Richmond Road.

Lexington Fire Major John Walters says a car went off the road and into the river near Proud Mary’s BBQ around 9:42 p.m. Friday.

Two men were found on the embankment under the bridge. Both were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. A woman remains missing.

Search crews say they need to wait until daylight to continue the search. Divers have located the vehicle involved.

Lexington, Richmond and Madison County Fire Departments all responded to the scene. All three departments will continue the search with boats and divers.

Crews expect to resume the search around 9:00 a.m. Saturday.