TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Fatal Collision on US 60 in Livingston County
Date of News Release: 03/05/2008
(Hickory, KY) - Robert E. Kelley Jr. was traveling westbound on US 60 when the vehicle left the roadway for a brief period then overcorrected. The vehicle left the roadway a second time striking a tree and upon impact caught fire. Passing motorists were able to extricate the Robert E. Kelley Jr. and a small child (Jordan L. McKendree) but due to the location of the fire, a second passenger (Elizabeth A. Thorn) was trapped in the vehicle. Robert E. Kelley Jr. and juvenile passenger were transported to Western Baptist Hospital by Livingston County EMS where they both remain in stable condition. Elizabeth A. Thorn succumbed to her injuries of the collision. Trooper Jones was assisted on the scene by Sgt. Lewie Dodd, Trooper Jonathan Paull, Trooper Tim Sales, Trooper Bob Winters, Trooper Anthony Trotter, The Ledbetter Fire Department, Livingston County Sheriff's Office, Livingston County Coroner and Livingston County EMS. The investigation is continuing by Trooper Daniel Jones.