Trooper Shane Jacobs
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 10, Harlan
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Knox County Fatal Involving a Pedestrian
Date of News Release: 04/13/2012
(Barbourville, Ky.) – On April 12, 2012 Kentucky State Police Post 10 responded to a collision involving a pedestrian at 9:30 p.m. approximately 2 1/2 miles north of Barbourville on US25E. Preliminary investigation indicates that Shane Curtis Smith, 14, of Gray was attempting to run across the southbound lanes of US25E. Mr. Smith was struck by the passenger's side of a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt and thrown into the emergency lane when a 2002 Monte Carlo trying to avoid the collision struck Mr. Smith again. Shane Smith was pronounced dead at the scene by the Knox County Coroners Office. No other injuries were reported. The collision is under investigation by Kentucky State Police Det. Mike Cornett.
Also assisted at the scene: Barbourville Police Department, Barbourville Fire Department, and State Highway Department.