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Florence Conner Dies, Billy Connor and William Hale Injured in Crash Caused by Tire Blowout

Harrodsburg, Kentucky  – One person died, and two others were injured when a 2011 Nissan Cube suffered an unexpected tire failure.

 The incident took place as William L. Hale was traveling westbound on Kentucky Route 152 in the Nissan when the front right tire failed, causing his vehicle to cross over the center line into oncoming traffic and colliding with a 2018 Kia Forte.

The Kia’s engine block caught fire, and its occupants, driver Billy Ray Conner and Florence “Cookie” Conner, were trapped in the vehicle.

Florence Conner died from her injuries. Billy Ray Connor and William Hale were taken to the hospital for their injuries.

No other details have been released.

The tire must be inspected to ensure all people receive the help they deserve

This is a terrible crash that never should have happened. Those wronged deserve answers as to why the tire failed. If the tire failed due to a defect or because a tire shop did a bad job, then the companies responsible for the tire failing need to be held accountable for their wrongdoing.

We are seeing more and more tires fail on our roadways due to defects. A tire is defective when it leaves the manufacturer in a dangerous condition but still makes it on our roadways. This is unacceptable. The technology needed to ensure bad tires are removed from production is available. Big manufacturing companies making billions of dollars a year on consumers should not be permitted to sell defective tires. If a manufacturer cannot produce a good tire, they should not be in business. It is important to identify defective tires to protect others from similar accidents. Those injured and killed here deserve to know if the tire that failed was defective.

Identifying tires that fail because a tire shop messed up is also important. If a tire shop does a bad repair job that results in a serious crash, it is likely that the same mistakes are happening over and over again. Holding wrongdoers responsible ensures companies do their job right so accidents don’t continue to happen.  Those wronged here deserve to know if a tire shop messed up.

Tire failure accidents require trained professionals to inspect the tire and determine what caused the failure. With a better understanding of what caused the tire to fail, the family and injured can receive the answers and justice they are entitled to under the law.

May those affected here receive the answers they need and whatever help they may be entitled to as they navigate this overwhelmingly difficult process.



The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.


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