Family, woman killed in northern Kentucky crash identified


COLD SPRING, KY (FOX19) - A crash Tuesday evening in northern Kentucky killed five and hospitalized another, officials said.

The incident took place around 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of Alexandria Pike and Low Gap Road, near a Meijers in the area.

According to police, a Toyota Corolla being driven by 23-year-old Brandon Lawson was travelling northbound on Alexandria Pike when the vehicle lost control and crossed the median into on-coming traffic and was struck by a gold Ford Taurus. In Lawson's car was 22-year-old Taylor Koch and their two children 21-month old Brendan Lawson and 6-month-old Isabella Lawson. All four were killed in the initial collision.

"We have no idea at this point. They've done the initial investigation on the vehicle and there's just no idea why they crossed over," Cold Spring Police Chief Steve Collinsworth said.

The Ford Taurus was being driven by 83-year-old Russell Groves, who was transported by Air Care to UC Medical Center. His wife, 74-year-old Sharon Groves was killed in the crash.

Police said the collision appears to have been unavoidable.

Collinsworth said there have been crashes in the past along this stretch, but nothing excessive.

"I think anywhere where you have four lanes of travel and no median, no divider... the chance of this is going to be more than not," he said.

Authorities said the coroner will check to see if there were any medical emergencies that caused Lawson to lose control.

GoFundMe page has been set up for funerals for Lawson, Koch and their children.

The Cold Spring Police and the Campbell County Major Accident Reconstruction Team are investigating.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash that has not yet spoken to police to call them at 859-441-6289.

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