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Woman injured, twins die in two-car wreck

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By Mallory Bilger

UPDATE 6/16/2009: Jennifer Smothers'  family told The Pioneer News today that she is still in critical condition.

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As of Tuesday, Smothers' uncle, Bryan Patton of Mount Washington, said his niece was dealing with very serious injuries. Smothers has been on a ventilator since the accident and is still unconscious.

Smothers has been at University since June 10 when she was involved in a car accident on Highway 44 East.

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MOUNT WASHINGTON - A woman remains in critical condition following a tragic Wednesday afternoon accident in Mount Washington.

The woman, Jennifer E. Smothers, 20, of Simpsonville, was pregnant with twins. The babies were later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The accident occurred on Highway 44 East near Calvary Christian Church. Smothers sustained serious injuries, according to Mount Washington Fire officials.

The driver of the other vehicle involved was Mount Washington resident Melissa D. Caudill, 40. Caudill sustained serious injuries but was later released from University of Louisville Hospital, according to Mount Washington Police.

MWPD Asst. Chief Roy Daugherty said the department received confirmation Wednesday evening that the twins were delivered at University and later pronounced dead. Police confirmed that Smothers was in University's Intensive Care Unit.

The accident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. when Caudill, driving a white Ford Focus, pulled out of Calvary Christian Center in front of Smothers, who was traveling eastbound according to an eye witness.

The witness said Smothers was unable to stop and almost immediately struck Caudill in the driver's side door. Both cars left the roadway and landed in nearby grassy fields.

Smothers was also transported to University via Stat Care. Mount Washington Fire Chief Michael Dooley said the mother was unconscious at the scene. Her airbag had deployed.

An infant in the Cavalier sustained very minor injuries, Dooley said. She was transported by Bullitt County EMS to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville for precautionary reasons.

Caudill sustained several broken bones, according to Mount Washington Police Chief Tom Rosselli.

Dooley said traffic accidents such as these make him wonder how long it would take to get the state highway department to make improvements along the busy and narrow Highway 44 East.

No charges are pending at this time, according to police.

An official investigation is ongoing. Daugherty said MWPD would reconstruct the accident with assistance from Kentucky State Police.

A burial fund has been set up through McFarland-Troutman-Profitt Funeral Home for the twins, Jessi  and Jenna. Anyone wishing to donate is encouraged to contact the funeral home, 955-7738, or send donations to the funeral home in care of Jessi and Jenna, 111 N. Bardstown Road, Mount Washington, KY 40047.