Identity released of woman who died after sign falls on car at Elizabethtown Denny’s

The incident occurred at the Denny’s at North Mulberry Street.
The incident occurred at the Denny’s at North Mulberry Street.(WAVE)
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 3:45 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 6:01 AM EST
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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WAVE) - One woman has died and two other people were injured after a sign falls on an occupied car at a restaurant in Elizabethtown on Thursday afternoon.

According to Elizabethtown Police spokesman Chris Denham, a 72-year-old woman who was transported to University of Louisville hospital in critical condition later died at the hospital.

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

The incident occurred at the Denny’s at North Mulberry Street around 1:30 p.m., Denham confirmed.

Witnesses state wind blew the Denny’s sign from its post, causing it to hit a car in the parking lot.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Denham said. “It’s certainly very windy out here and I’m certain that did have a factor and was involved in this.”

Police confirmed the car was occupied by three people, two adult women and one adult man, at the time. Denham said the occupants needed to be extracted from the vehicle by the Elizabethtown Fire Department and Hardin County EMS.

Denham said the 72-year-old woman was taken to University Hospital in Louisville by Hardin County EMS. He confirmed shortly after 7:30 p.m. with WAVE News the woman had died at the hospital.

The two other people inside the car were taken to Baptist Health Hardin with unknown injuries.

Investigation is ongoing by the Elizabethtown Police Department as well as the City of Elizabethtown’s Planning Department.

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.”