TPR Lloyd Cochran
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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Fatal Traffic Crash in Clay County
Date of News Release: 04/24/11
(London, Ky.) -- On Saturday, April 23, 2011 at approximately 8:57 PM, the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 London, received a report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian traffic crash on US 421, 8 miles south of Manchester in Clay County.
Upon arrival Trooper John Barnett determined that a 1994, Jeep, Cherokee, operated by Freddy Smith, 52, of Bear Branch, KY, was southbound on US 421 when it left the roadway and struck a pedestrian identified as Leroy Gilliam, 62, of Goose Rock, KY.
Mr. Gilliam sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clay County Coroner.
Mr. Smith, who did not stop after striking Mr. Gilliam, continuing driving for approximately one (1) mile before losing control again and striking a guardrail.
Trooper Barnett arrested Mr. Smith and charged him with DUI, Murder, Leaving the Scene of an Accident / Failure to Render Assistance, No Insurance, and Drug related charges.
Mr. Smith was lodged in the Clay County Detention Center.
Alcohol and/or Drug usage is suspected.
Trooper Barnett is in charge of the investigation and was assisted by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, the Clay County EMS, the Lockards Creek Fire Department and the Clay County Coroner's Office.