Kyle Thompson, the man who kidnapped three children and their mother, and while fleeing from Kentucky State Police Troopers, crossed the center line of Highway 313 and hit (head-on) Radcliff resident Ashlee Berry, 22, killing her and seriously injuring the children, was a wanted man.
For six months police were looking for Thompson, 24, for failing to comply with drug screening and absconding probation supervision, according to the Elizabethtown News Enterprise,
Thompson is currently in custody in lieu of a $1 million cash bond, and remains under 24-hour watch at University Hospital in Louisville. He is listed as being in fair condition with several broken bones from the crash and police say his injuries require surgery.
The News Enterprise reports that Hardin County Sheriff Charlie Williams said that, “All of our known addresses (for Thompson) did not pan out. You look everywhere you know to look. It’s a proverbial needle in a haystack. No one knows where he’s been between January and a week ago.”
Thompson failed to register with the sex offender registry in a case stemming from 2010 when he was convicted of attempted kidnapping of a minor. He took a gun to the parking lot of North Hardin High School in an effort to kidnap a juvenile at that location.
In Thompson’s latest kidnapping episode, he kidnapped the three small children and their mother, on June 3. When the vehicle he held the four people in stopped in the 3000 block of Woolridge Ferry Road in Radcliff, the mother escaped the van and ran to a nearby home and called police.
After State Troopers arrived at the residence, Thompson drove by the home, with police then giving chase. When police activated lights and sirens, Thompson turned off of Woolridge Ferry Road onto Hwy 313 (Joe Prather Highway), quickly crossed the center line, and hit Berry, who was driving home from work.
Two of the children have been released from the hospital, with the third child currently listed in fair condition, according to the News Enterprise.