One Killed In Letcher County Crash

Posted at 4:52 AM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 04:52:59-04

LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– A two vehicle crash in the Payne Gap community of Letcher County has claimed the life of a Jessamine County man. 

Kentucky State Police bresponded to the collision scene on US 119 North just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night. 

The initial investigation determined that Shelly I. Damron, 36, of Ashcamp, was traveling south on US 119 in a 2011 Ford Expedition. The Expedition crossed the centerline and continued into the northbound lane where it collided with a 1993 Ford F150 pickup truck driven by 56-year-old Craig D. Carter, of Whitesburg. 

Damron and Carter were transported to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and were later released.  A passenger in the F-150 pickup, 32-year-old Joshua Craig Carter, of Nicholasville, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Joshua was the son of the driver, Craig Carter. 

While this incident remains under investigation, no apparent contributing factors have been determined at this time.  Toxicology results from blood specimens given by both drivers, which are routinely obtained in fatal collision investigations, are pending.