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2nd Victim In Suspected DUI Crash Dies

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LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (EKB) - The second victim in a suspected DUI crash has died from her injuries.

According to our news partners at EKB,  90-year-old Kathleen Tackett, of Belcher, in Pike County, died at Pikeville Medical Center. Tackett was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a two-vehicle crash at Payne Gap, near Jenkins, in Letcher County Saturday afternoon. Another passenger in the vehicle, 61-year-old Barbara Newsome, of Pikeville, died Saturday shortly after the crash.

37-year-old Travis Franklin Helbert, of Appalachia, Virginia, has been charged in the crash.

Helbert has been lodged in the Letcher County Jail on charges of second-offense DUI and second-degree manslaughter in relation to Newsome’s death. He also currently faces two charges of first-degree assault in relation to injuries suffered by Tackett and 66-year-old Judy Kiser, the driver of the vehicle in which Newsome and Tackett were passengers, as well as charges related to possession of drugs.

According to Kentucky State Police, Helbert was traveling on U.S. 119 during rainy conditions in his Chevrolet pickup truck towing a horse trailer and crossed into the path of Kiser’s Toyota Yaris and the vehicles collided. Newsome was pronounced dead at Whitesburg ARH Hospital. Tackett and Kiser were transported to Whitesburg ARH before being taken by ambulance to Pikeville Medical Center.

Helbert is being held in the Letcher County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond.

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