Liberty, KY (April 19, 2021) – Kentucky State Police Post 15 was notified on April 16th, 2021 at 5:55 AM of a three vehicle fatal collision that occurred on west KY 70 in Casey County. Preliminary investigations indicate that Donald Cocanougher, age 26 of Harrodsburg, KY was operating a 2007 Dodge pickup east bound when he entered into the west bound lane, side swiping a 2020 Dodge pickup operated by 41 year old Joseph Cooper of Hustonville, KY. Cocanougher continued into the west bound lane striking a 1994 Ford dump truck head on, operated by 32 year old Derek Cochran of Stanford, KY.
Cocanougher and a rear passenger, 26 year old Michael Reeves of Burgin, KY were pronounced deceased by the Casey County Coroner. A third passenger in that vehicle David Brady age 36 of Harrodsburg, Ky was airlifted to UK hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Cochran received minor injuries and was treated at the Casey County hospital. Cooper was not injured.
This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Dean Lunz. Tpr. Lunz was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Adam Likins, Casey County EMS, and the Casey County Coroner.