Trooper Shaun Little
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 9, Pikeville
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Pedestrian Killed on US 23 in Pike County
Date of News Release: 09/07/2012
(Virgie, Ky.) -- On Sunday September 9, 2012 Post 9 Pikeville received calls of a traffic accident on US 23 in the Caney community of Pike County. Upon arrival Kentucky State Police Troopers determined that 49 year old Merl Adkins of Virgie, Ky. was attempting to cross all four lanes of US 23 when he was struck by a silver Hyundai Sonata which was traveling in the Southbound lane of US 23. After being struck Adkins then walks into the Northbound lanes of US 23 where he was then struck by two more vehicles. Adkins was pronounced deceased at the scene by Pike County Coroner Russell Roberts. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday September 10, 2012. This accident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Chris Phillips and Accident Reconstructionist Trooper Bryan Layne.