Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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Flemingsburg Woman Killed in a collision on KY 57 in Lewis County
Date of News Release: 05/05/2013
(Vanceburg, KY) -- On May 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM, Kentucky State Police Morehead received a call from Lewis County Dispatch in reference to a fatal traffic accident on KY57 in Lewis County. Trooper Michael Wathen, Trooper Adam Hall, Lewis County Sheriff's Department, Concord Fire and Rescue, and Kings Daughters EMS responded to the scene. Gary Barton, 51 of Flemingsburg, was operating his 1998 Black Chevrolet Pickup south bound on KY57 in Lewis County, Mr. Barton left the north bound shoulder of the roadway and struck a tree with the passenger side of the vehicle. After striking the tree the vehicle partially overturned and came to a final rest on the driver's side over an embankment. Mr. Barton was airlifted to Saint Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia where he is listed in stable condition at this time. The passenger in the vehicle Rita Roberts, 42 of Flemingsburg, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Lewis County Deputy Coroner. Neither Mr. Barton nor Ms. Roberts were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision. The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Michael Wathen.