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Traffic Fatality Occurs in Letcher County

Date of News Release: 11/22/2010

(Hazard, Ky.) -- On Sunday November 21st, 2010 at 7:19 P.M. a 911 call was received reporting a 3 vehicle collision along the Whitesburg by-pass at Stone Avenue. Troopers from Kentucky State Police Post 13 and Fire/EMS personnel responded to the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a Ford pick-up operated by Jonathon Anderson, age 25 of Whitesburg was traveling north along the Whitesburg bypass attempting to pass another vehicle. He then came upon a Toyota Avalon also traveling north which was being operated by Gwendolyn H. Whitaker, age 48 of Roxanna, Ky. The perpetrator was unable to stop his vehicle and struck the vehicle being operated by Gwendolyn H. Whitaker in the rear causing it to collide with a Buick Passenger car operated by Mitchum Whitaker, age 49 of Roxanna, Ky. The victim Gwendolyn H. Whitaker was extricated from her vehicle and was later airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN where she died from her injuries at 11:11 A.M. on Monday November 22nd, 2010. The operator of the third vehicle Mitchum Whitaker, age 49 of Roxanna sustained non-life threatening injuries. Trooper Brandon Thomas with the Kentucky State Police arrested Jonathan Anderson with: Murder, Assault 1st, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence 2nd Offense-Aggravating Circumstances, and numerous other traffic charges.

Jonathan Anderson has been lodged in the Letcher County Jail. The investigation is continuing by Tpr. Brandon Thomas

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