Sabrina Austin, 23, was driving east on Main Street toward downtown Cadiz at 12:15 p.m. on Dec. 12 when she ran off the right side of the road and over corrected, according to the accident report from Kentucky State Police. After steering to the left, Austin’s 1988 Ford hit a 2004 Lincoln driven by Sheila Holland, 56, and then ran off an embankment on the right. Austin’s vehicle then landed upside down in the ditch and caught fire.
By the time the other drivers arrived at the scene, Austin was outside of the car with two of her three children, two-year-old John Wesley Austin and three-year-old Braydon Dakota Austin. Seth Hooks, 21, arrived on the scene and pulled Austin’s son, four-year-old Hunter Braxton Wiseman, out of the burning vehicle, burning his hands.
All subjects involved in the accident, including Hooks, were transported to Trigg County Hospital. Wiseman was later transported to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville for third-degree burns over his entire body. Austin and John Wesley Austin were treated for minor injuries. Holland was treated for minor injuries and released.
Trigg County Coroner John Vinson pronounced Braydon Dakota Austin dead in the emergency room.
US Business 68 was closed for approximately an hour and a half after the accident. Because of the fire, police do not know at this time if the passengers in Austin’s vehicle were wearing seatbelts, although Hooks said he thought Hunter was temporarily trapped by his seatbelt. Trooper Ray Burnam was assisted by accident reconstructionist Chris Anderson, the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department, the Cadiz Police Department, Trigg County EMS and the Cadiz Fire Department. Burnam is continuing the investigation.
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