The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and EMS responded to an incident on Bowling Green Road in Caneyville which sent one man to the ER in the early hours of Thursday morning.
While the events leading up to the injury remain somewhat sketchy, a report filed by Deputy Joey Beasley explains that 29-year-old Joseph R. Parks, of Windy Ridge Road in Caneyville, was found bleeding from the head and face when first responders arrived on scene at just after 1 a.m. on June 26.
Beasley wrote that Parks initially refused treatment of his wounds and was unsure of exactly what had happened, appearing very confused.
Two other individuals who had been with Parks at the time of the incident told varying, but similar versions of the accident, explaining that one vehicle had run out of gas along Bowling Green Road, and another vehicle was stopped to assist.
18-year-old Johnathan Haynes, of West Maple Street in Caneyville, was operating one of the vehicles, a 1989 Ford Mustang; while the other, a 1996 Ford F150, was owned and operated by 18-year-old Justin L. Winchell, of Windy Ridge Road in Caneyville.
According to the report, Haynes and Winchell told Beasley that Parks had offered to sit on either the front of one vehicle or the rear of the other to help in pushing the vehicle out of gas to a gas station.
Parks and the two drivers admitted to first responders that Parks had drunk between two and seven beers, but all maintained that he was not “drunk” at the time of the incident.
The report reads that the vehicles got up to approximately 15 miles per hour, at which point Parks either jumped or fell from the vehicles into the roadway, sustaining notable injuries.
After first responders arrived, a family member talked Parks into allowing EMS to treat him at the scene and transport him to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room for further treatment.