Deadly Two Vehicle Crash at Alben Barkley Drive and Kennedy Road Intersection

Time: 4:52 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Location: Alben Barkley Drive and Kennedy Road, Paducah
Driver 1: Joyce Barefield, 78, of Paducah, driving a 2008 Chrysler minivan north on Kennedy Road, turning right onto Alben Barkley Drive
Driver 2: Nikki Acuff, 35, of Calvert City, KY, driving a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban east on Alben Barkley Drive

A Paducah woman was killed in a two-vehicle collision this afternoon on Alben Barkley Drive at Kennedy Road.

Witnesses told Officer Travis Counts that a Chrysler minivan, driven by Joyce Barefield, was on Kennedy Road and, while attempting to turn right onto Alben Barkley Drive, pulled into the path of a Chevrolet Suburban driven by Nikki Acuff.

Acuff said she attempted to swerve, but was unable to avoid the collision. The minivan was hit in the left side.

Barefield and her passenger, her three-year-old great-grandson, were taken to Lourdes Hospital, where Barefield was pronounced dead. The child was not injured.

Acuff was taken to Baptist Health Paducah with reported minor injuries.

The Paducah Police Department’s Collision Reconstruction Team is reconstructing the crash.