Car vs. tree leaves local man unharmed

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By Alex Wimsatt

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - A single vehicle collision left a distracted driver unharmed early Tuesday afternoon. 


William McLawhorn of Mount Washington was driving west on Highway 44 East when the 2009 Honda Civic he was driving left the roadway and crashed into a tree at the corner of Highway 44 and Fisher Lane around 1 p.m. 

McLawhorn couldn't recall what happened exactly, but he said the crash occurred after he was distracted by the bright yellow rods along the center line of Highway 44 in front of the Keystone Cinemas. 

The driver added that he was also drinking a Diet Coke, rubbing his eye and looking at the theater. 

"I don't know what happened," he said. 

Aside from complaining of slight chest pain that he assumed was caused by his seat belt when the crash occurred, McLawhorn said he was fine. 

McLawhorn refused medical attention when Bullitt County EMS arrived on the scene, but said he would see a doctor to make sure he sustained no injuries. 

"I'm glad I was wearing my seat belt," he said. 

No one else was in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Sgt. Rodney Hockenbury of the Mount Washington Police Department said the vehicle sustained serious damage from the crash, but he wouldn't venture to say it was totaled.

In addition to police and EMS, the Mount Washington Fire Protection District also responded to the scene.