ORIGINAL RELEASE: Fatal Collision: On 10/27/2017 at 8:31pm officers were called to the intersection of Walnut Meadow Road and Highway 956 in reference to an injury collision. One person was deceased at the scene, identified as 23 year old Dzhoana Ivanova, who was a Berea College student from Bulgaria. Four other people were transported to area hospitals, some with minor injuries, and some with life threatening injuries. One of the drivers had an odor of alcohol, and was placed under arrest after being released from St. Joseph Berea. He is identified as 24 year old Daryl Long-Foster of Cincinnati OH, and was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence 1st Offense, as well as several other traffic related offenses. An accident reconstructionist was called to the scene, and parts of the roadway were closed for several hours. The names of the other individuals are not being released at this time. The investigation in ongoing, and more charges are pending.
UPDATE: On 11/01/2017 Investigators arrested 37 year old Natasha Gross of Berea KY as a result of the collision investigation. On 10/27/2017 Dispatch received a call of a reckless driver in the area of Main Street at 8:13pm and gave out an attempt to locate (ATL). At 8:16pm officers were called to Big Hill Road in reference to a collision involving a black Chevy Avalanche. While they were responding to the collision, they were advised that the Avalanche left the scene. At 8:27pm officers were called to another collision on White Hall Drive involving a black Avalanche. The caller identified the driver as Natasha Gross, and stated that she struck a mailbox, causing a pedestrian to be struck by the mailbox. At 8:31pm officers were called to the fatal collision at Walnut Meadow Road and Highway 956, which involved Gross driving the Avalanche. Two deaths resulted from this collision, 23 year old Dzhoana Ivanova died at the scene, and 21 year old Enkhjin Enkhbold of Mongolia died on 11/01/2017 at the University of Kentucky Hospital. The preliminary investigation revealed that alcohol could be a factor in the collision, which is still under investigation, and more charges are pending. As a result of the investigation so far, Gross has been charged with the following:
-Manslaughter 2nd Degree (2 Counts)
-Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License
-Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree
-Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree