TPR Lloyd Cochran
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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Fatal Traffic Crash in Whitley County
Date of News Release: 11/28/2008
(London, KY) - On Thursday, November 27, 2008, at approximately 8:09 PM EDT the Kentucky State Police, Post 11, in London was notified of a traffic crash, with injury, at the 15 mile marker on Interstate 75 in Whitley County Kentucky.
Upon arrival KSP Traffic Crash Reconstructionist Trooper Craig Reed determined that Tommy Heatwole, 64, of Jellico, TN had exited a vehicle, due to an argument, at exit 15 northbound off ramp.
Mr. Heatwole attempted to cross the northbound lanes of I-75 when he was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Timothy Black, 40, of Corbin, KY.
Mr. Heatwole was pronounced dead at the scene by Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley.
Neither Mr. Black nor his passenger was injured during the incident.
Trooper Reed is the lead investigator into the incident and was assisted by officers from the Kentucky State Police, the Whitley County Sheriff's Office, the Whitley County Coroners Office and the Whitley County Fire and EMS.