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: 01/03/2012
(Hazard, Ky.) -- On January 2, 2012 at approximately 3:11 p.m. Kentucky State police received a call of a two vehicle collision on Ky. 15 in the Bonnyman community of Perry County.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a vehicle operated by Shirley O. Watts, age 70 of Lost Creek was traveling South when she struck a patch of ice and lost control of her vehicle. Her vehicle crossed the center line into the Northbound lane and struck a vehicle operated by Judy Hughs age 55.
Two occupants from the Hughs vehicle were transported to the Hazard ARH for treatment. One was treated and released and the other was transferred to UK Medical Center.
Two occupants from the Watts vehicle were transported to the Hazard ARH and then transferred to UK Medical Center. Shirley O. Watts was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Perry County Coroners Office. Safety belts were in use at the time of the collision. The investigation is continuing by Tpr. Brandon Thomas.