Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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Fatal Collision on Highway 7 North in Letcher County
Date of News Release: 12/19/2008
(Hazard, KY) - A Letcher County man is dead as the result of a fatal traffic collision along Highway 7 North in the Colson Community of Letcher County. The Kentucky State Police in Hazard received a report of the collision at 6:51 P.M. on Friday December 19th, 2008. Trooper Ben McCray, U/357 along with Deputy Mike Dingus of the Letcher County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene along with the Neon Ambulance service and Colson Fire Department. Upon arrival it was determined that a 2007 Dodge Charger was being operated by Eric N. Akemon was traveling north on Highway 7 and a Ford F-150 truck was traveling southbound operated by Christopher Shawn Simmons. Eric N. Akemon&39;s vehicle crossed the centerline and struck Christopher Shawn Simmons&39; vehicle head on and both vehicles came to a final rest in the roadway. Eric N. Akemon was pronounced dead on scene by the Letcher County Coroner's Office. Christopher Shawn Simmons was airlifted from the scene and no information is available on his condition at this time. No seat belts were in use at the time of the collision. Trooper Ben McCray, U/357 is in charge of the investigation which remains open at this time.