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Single Vehicle Fatality Occurs in Letcher County

Date of News Release: 11/10/2008

(Hazard, KY) - On 11/09/08 at approximately 6:53pm Kentucky State Police Post in Hazard received a call of a single vehicle accident on HWY 931 in the Sand Lick Community of Letcher County.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a vehicle operated by Charles Gross of Whitesburg had dropped off the edge of the roadway into a ditch and overturned. A passenger in the vehicle Amanda F. Smith, age 28 of Neon, Ky. and Mr. Gross both were transported to the Whitesburg ARH for treatment. Amamda Smith was found to be pregnant and due to injuries both her and the unborn child were pronounced deceased at the hospital. The operator was treated for his injuries and released. Charles Gross was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs (Aggravated Circumstances) 1st Offence, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree 1st Offence, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container, Murder, and Fetal Homicide 3rd Degree and lodged in the Letcher County Jail. No safety belts were in use at the time of the collision. The investigation is continuing by Det. John Griffith and Tpr. Brandon Thomas.

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