Victim identified in deadly Letcher crash

U.S. 119 at Payne Gap in Letcher County was closed following this deadly two-vehicle crash Wednesday night.

The victim in a deadly crash on U.S. 119 in Letcher County has been identified.

According to Kentucky State Police, 32-year-old Joshua Craig Carter, whose address was listed as Nichlolasville, died at the scene of Wednesday night’s two-vehicle crash on U.S. 119 at Payne Gap. Carter was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his father, Craig Carter, 56, of Whitesburg.

According to a KSP statement, the initial investigation into the crash determined that 36-year-old Shelly I. Damron, of Ashcamp in Pike County, was traveling southbound in a Ford Expedition when her vehicle crossed the center line and continued into the northbound lane. There, the statement said, Damron’s vehicle collided with a Ford pickup truck being driven by the elder Carter, of Whitesburg.

Kentucky State Police and Jenkins Police discuss Wednesday’s fatal collision on U.S. 119 at Payne Gap.

Both Damron and Craig Carter were transported to Whitesburg ARH Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and released. Joshua Carter was pronounced dead at the scene by Letcher County Coroner Renee Campbell.

The KSP statement said no apparent contributing factors have yet been determined, and toxicology results from both drivers are pending at this time. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Detective Brandon Thomas.

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