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Medical emergency may have caused Mercer man to wreck

The driver of a vehicle who struck the front porch of a home at the intersection of Third Street and Lexington Avenue Monday may have been suffering from a medical emergency.

William Edward Graham, 49, of Mercer County, died at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center following the accident, according to Boyle County Deputy Coroner Mike Wilder.

A few minutes after 4 p.m. Monday, police were called to the scene of an accident where a four-door Chevrolet car had run off the road, through a fence and struck the porch of the house, Wilder said. First responders thought the victim may have been suffering from a heart attack when the accident occurred, according to Wilder. They immediately began CPR, Wilder said, but Graham died later at the hospital.

Wilder said Graham didn’t appear to have been speeding. Police didn’t answer calls about the accident.

Wilder said he spoke with Graham’s girlfriend, who said Graham was driving himself to the hospital because he wasn’t feeling well and that he had a history of cardiac issues. “But he didn’t make it,” Wilder said.