Police: 72-year-old woman dies, 2 others injured after Denny’s sign falls on car

Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 9:16 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 1:41 PM EST
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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WAVE/Gray News) - Authorities in Kentucky say a woman has died and two others injured after a restaurant sign fell on their car.

According to the Elizabethtown Police Department, a Denny’s restaurant sign hit a car that was occupied by three people in a parking lot Thursday afternoon.

Witnesses told WAVE that the wind appeared to knock the sign from its post before it struck the vehicle.

Authorities said three adults were inside the car when the sign fell, including a 72-year-old woman. She was taken to the hospital but later died.

On Friday, the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as Lillian Curtis.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Elizabethtown police spokesperson Chris Denham said. “It’s certainly very windy, and I’m certain that was a factor and involved in this.”

According to police, all of the occupants of the car needed to be extracted from the vehicle by first responders and taken to the hospital.

Authorities did not immediately release the condition of the other two victims.

A spokesperson with Denny’s released a statement on Friday regarding the incident:

“Denny’s is aware of the incident that took place at our Elizabethtown location on Thursday. Safety is our top priority, and we are working with the authorities to better understand what led to this situation. Our thoughts are with all of those involved.”

Elizabethtown police said their investigation remains ongoing.