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KSP: Woman Thought Pedestrian Was Deer In Fatal Accident

Posted at 2:11 PM, Dec 18, 2018

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — One person is dead after a vehicle struck a pedestrian in Graves Coumnty.

It happened around 6 p.m. Monday on US 45 North.

Deputies responded to a possible vehicle collision with a report of one person being ejected and lying in the roadway. Upon arrival, deputies learned that one person was lying in the road unresponsive and no vehicle could be located involved in the collision.

In the same time frame that deputies were at the scene, Kentucky State Police received a call from a female that stated that she had hit a deer in the same area and needed to make a report.

KSP sent a unit to the woman’s location where they observed that the damage was not consistent with a deer collision. After a brief interview with the driver and the evidence on the minivan, it was determined that the vehicle was involved in the pedestrian collision on US 45.

During the investigation it was determined that Jasmine Rupcke, of Mayfield, was operating a minivan southbound on US 45 when she struck a pedestrian and continued driving to a friend’s house on Dorothy Lane. Both Rupcke and her passenger stated they believed they hit a deer.

Amanda Czerwien, of Mayfield, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Graves County Coroner.

Rupcke was arrested and charged with the following: leaving the scene of accident/ fail to render aid/assist w/death serious physical injury, failure to produce insurance card, failure to register transfer of motor vehicle, and no operator’s license.