On Saturday at aprox 12:45 a.m., Columbia Police Department was dispatched to Fairground Street for a reported injury accident with an occupant ejected. Upon Officer Josh Brockman and Officer Jamie Cole’s arrival, it was found that one passenger had been ejected completely and the operator of the vehicle partially ejected from the drivers window. Two additional passengers had freed themselves from the vehicle. The driver, Kermit Rufus, had to be extricated by mechanical means because the vehicle was resting on its top. He was pinned between the door and A-post of the vehicle.
Preliminary investigation shows that unit 1, a 1996 Geo tracker, operated by 24 year old Kermit Rufus was traveling East on KY 206 when he attempted to overtake a vehicle and lost control. The vehicle left right side of roadway and struck a road tile sending the vehicle airborne before it started to overturn. The vehicle then overturned twice before coming to rest on it’s top, 151ft from where it left roadway.
Unrestrained driver Kermit Rufus (partially ejected) was treated on scene by Adair EMS, transported to TJ Health and then airlifted to the University of Louisville via Air Evac.
Unrestrained passenger Kanissaai Thompson (completely ejected ) was treated by Adair County EMS, transported to TJ Health, and then airlifted to the University of Louisville via Air Evac
Restrained passenger’s Dereck and Alexus Grant were taken to TJ Health where they were treated and released.
The collision remains under investigation by Ofc. Brockman. Alcohol and speed are suspected as contributing factors. Charges will be pending results of blood evidence collection sent to the KSP Central Lab for analysis for the presence of alcohol and drugs.