Letcher crash kills man

UPDATE, 10:33 a.m., Thursday, May 17 — Police have identified the victim of last night’s fatal crash in Letcher County, along with the other parties involved.

According to police, the investigation shows 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 F-150 pickup truck driven by Craig D. Carter, 56, of Whitesburg.

Damron and Carter were transported to Whitesburg ARH for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and were later released.

A passenger in the F-150 pickup, Joshua Craig Carter, 32, of Nicholasville, was pronounced dead at the scene by Letcher County Coroner Renee Campbell. Joshua Carter was the son of the driver, Craig Carter.


Police discuss Wednesday’s fatal crash at Payne Gap in Letcher County.

PAYNE GAP, Ky. — A man is dead following a crash in Letcher County late Wednesday evening.

Kentucky State Police told EKB News that a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 119 in the Payne Gap community killed a man who was a passenger in one of the vehicles. The man’s name had not yet been released as of the publishing of this report, but his family had been notified of his death.

The crash occurred at the intersection of U.S. 119 and Old U.S. 119 Loop, approximately one quarter of a mile from the entrance to Fish Pond Lake.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Gayheart said the investigation into the crash is ongoing, but the preliminary investigation indicated one of the vehicles crossed the center line of the highway on one of the three-lane sections of U.S. 119. One person was transported to Whitesburg ARH Hospital. The person who died in the crash was pronounced dead at the scene by Letcher County Coroner Renee Campbell.

Gayheart said drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been factors in the crash. He added that charges are not likely to be filed at this time.

More information is expected to be released by Kentucky State Police on Thursday. The Jenkins, Neon and Mayking fire departments, along with Jenkins Police, Letcher County Sheriff’s Office and the Letcher County Constable’s office also responded to the crash.