Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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Single Vehicle Fatality Occurs In Breathitt County
Date of News Release: 08/09/2011
(Hazard, Ky.) -- On August 8, 2011 at approximately 4:45 p.m. Kentucky State Police in Hazard received a report of a single vehicle accident on Hwy. 52 in the Athol community of Breathitt County.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the operator, 79 year old Beverly Dean Samples of Beattyville Ky., had lost control of his vehicle and overturned. Mr. Samples was not wearing his safety belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. Mr. Samples was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Breathitt County Coroners Office. The passenger, Gladys Samples was wearing a safety belt and was transported to the Kentucky River Medical Center for treatment. The investigation is continuing by Sgt. Ken Duff.