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Couple killed when their pickup slams into tree

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HOPKINSVILLE, KY (WSMV) -

Kentucky State Police said a driver failed to stop for an intersection and slammed into a tree early Sunday in Christian County, killing himself and his female passenger.

According to a news release, investigators said Shawn M. Patterson, 39, of Hopkinsville, KY, was traveling south on Highway 1914 along with a passenger, April M. Lykins, 39, of Elkton, KY.

The investigation determined that as Patterson approached the intersection of Highway 1914 and Highway 800 he failed to stop and ran through the intersection, hitting a tree head-on.

Patterson and Lykins were pronounced dead at the scene by the Christian County Coroner's Office, according to KSP officials.

Officers said neither Lykins nor Patterson was wearing a seat belt, and alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash.

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