Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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Fatality Occurs On Ky 15 in Perry County
Date of News Release: 11/04/2011
(Hazard, Ky.) -- On November 4, 2011 at approximately 05:15 a.m. Kentucky State Police in Hazard received a call of a two vehicle collision on Ky 15 in the Bonnyman Community of Perry County.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a passenger car operated by Eric J. Ison, age 20 of Hazard was traveling South on Hwy 15 when he ran off the roadway and struck the guard rail. Mr. Ison then over corrected, crossed the center line and struck a passenger car traveling North operated by Bobby D. Napier age 68 of Lost Creek in Breathitt County.
Bobby D. Napier was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Perry County Coroner.
Eric J. Ison was transported to the Hazard ARH where he was treated and released for his injuries. He was taken into custody and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under The Influence of Alcohol/Drugs (Aggravated Circumstance) 2nd and Murder and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Detention Center. Seat belts were in use by Mr. Ison but not by Mr. Napier at the time of the collision.
The investigation is continuing by Kentucky State Police Post 13 Hazard.