On Saturday, October 22, 2016 at approximately 10:15 p.m. a single vehicle traffic collision on North Bend Road (KY 237) near River Road (KY 8) in Hebron, Kentucky claimed the life of two passengers and sent the driver and another passenger to area hospitals with injuries.
A 2013 4 door Dodge Dart, operated by Rama Varahabhatla, 35 of Louisville, Kentucky was traveling northbound North Bend Road when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and exited the roadway off the right side. The vehicle then became airborne, overturned, and struck a tree in a nearby embankment. Mr. Varahabhatla became entrapped and was extricated from the vehicle by Hebron Fire/EMS. The front passenger, identified as Raja Sakar Reddy Yarmala, 25 of Louisville, Kentucky, became entrapped and was extricated from the vehicle by Hebron Fire/EMS. The right rear passenger, identified as Benkat Prashant Kommu, 27 of Louisville, Kentucky, was ejected from the vehicle. The left rear passenger, identified as Anvesh Kumar, 24 of Louisville, Kentucky, became entrapped and was extricated from the vehicle by Hebron Fire/EMS.
Mr. Kommu was pronounced deceased at the scene due to injuries sustained during the collision and ejection. Mr. Yarmala was transported by AirCare medical helicopter to University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio with life threatening injuries, however, succumbed to his injuries at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Mr. Kumar was transported to University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio with non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Varahabhatla was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Florence with non-life threatening injuries.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating, trying to determine the cause of the collision. No charges have been filed against the driver, but the driver is cooperating with the investigation.