Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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Fatal ATV Crash on Lynn Branch of Letcher County
Date of News Release: 07/03/2007
(Hazard, KY) - On 07/03/07 at approximately 7:07 hours Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call of a ATV accident in the Kings Creek Community of Letcher County.
Billy Joe Bates was operating an ATV along with a juvenile passenger at Lynn Branch of Letcher County. Mr. Bates failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of his vehicle. Mr. Bates then struck a tree and both were ejected from the ATV. The Letcher County Coroners Office pronounced Mr. Bates deceased at the scene and the juvenile was transported by ambulance to an area where he was then air lifted to Holston Valley Medical Center. No helmets were in use at the time of the accident. The accident remains under investigation by Tpr. David Combs.