On Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 9:51amCT, Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch was dispatched to a 2-vehicle injury collision approximately 4 miles northeast of Columbia on KY 551. Upon arrival, Deputy Hitch found that two vehicles had collided and there were multiple patients, one with critical injuries.
Preliminary investigation shows that a 2000 Toyota sedan, operated by 46-year-old Rebecca Conover Strange of Columbia, KY was traveling west (towards Columbia) when she headed into a long, right banking curve. It appears that her car broke traction in the rear on the rain slick roadway and began to go into a skid sideways through the curve. Her auto then slid into the oncoming lane into the path of a 2016 Chevy pickup that was traveling East, being driven by 57-year-old Mark Willis of Columbia, KY. The pickup was unable to avoid the collision and struck Ms. Strange’s Toyota in the drivers side.
Adair County EMS began life-saving measures on Rebecca Strange upon arrival and continued as they transferred the patient to TJ Health Columbia. Approx. one hour later, Ms. Strange succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased in the emergency room.
Mark Willis and his passengers: Deborah Willis, Holly Loy, Alex Loy, and Andrew Loy were all treated at the scene by Adair EMS and transported to the hospital for further treatment.
The Adair County Sheriffs Office, Adair EMS, Columbia -Adair Fire Dept, and Constable Jason Rector were responding agencies to the scene.