LEXINGTON — A stretch of I-75 has reopened in Lexington, following a deadly crash late Wednesday night that killed three people.
According to our news partners at WKYT, law enforcement officials said three cars were involved in the crash in the northbound lanes near the southern split, a little after 10 p.m.
Winchester police said 42-year-old Tammy Rodriguez was involved in a pursuit with authorities in Clark County before entering Fayette County. While in Clark County, a sheriff's deputy tried to pull her over because they suspected she was driving under the influence. She was crossing all three lanes of the interstate at a high rate of speed. The police department took over the chase because they had more units in the area.
Winchester police followed Rodriguez into Fayette County, where Lexington crash investigators said she merged from I-64 west to I-75 north before making an abrupt u-turn while staying in the northbound lanes. This led to Rodriguez's pickup hitting a passenger vehicle head-on along with another passenger vehicle.
The Fayette County Coroner's Office identified the three victims as Debbie Lynn Bevins, 35, of Pikeville, Taylor Denise Blevins, 26, of Georgetown, and Caitlyn Danielle Bailey, 20, of Georgetown.
Bevins was a passenger in the pickup Rodriguez was driving. Another passenger in the pickup suffered life-threatening injuries. Blevins and Bailey were in the vehicle that hit Rodriguez's vehicle head-on. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Rodriguez is charged with DUI and having no operator's license. She could face additional charges in the investigation.
Winchester police said Rodriguez has several pending charges including reckless driving, fleeing/evading police and five counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer.
According to WKYT, Rodriguez has a long criminal history which includes four prior DUI arrests.