Trooper Shaun Little
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 9, Pikeville
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Fatal collision on Ky Rte 581 in the Thealka, Ky
Date of News Release: 02/27/2011
(Thealka, Ky.) -- On February 26, 2011 at approximately 3:45 pm, KSP Post 9 in Pikeville received a call from Johnson County Sheriff's office requesting assistance with a single vehicle fatality that occurred on Ky Rte 581 in the Thealka community of Johnson County. Upon investigation, it was determined that a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer being operated by a 16 year old was traveling south on Ky Rte 581. After exiting a curve, the vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a culvert. The vehicle then overturned. The juvenile was pronounced dead at Paul B Hall Medical Center. A passenger in the vehicle, James Jones, 41, of Sitka was airlifted to St Mary's with serious injuries. The collision is under investigation by Tpr Jacob Stinnett.