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KSP Investigates Fatality Collision in Hickman County

Date of News Release: 12/24/2014

(FULTON, KY) - The Kentucky State Police, Post 1-Mayfield are investigating a single vehicle, single fatality collision near the Hickman/Fulton County line just inside Hickman County following a pursuit initiated by the Fulton Police Department.

Preliminary investigation shows Harold D. Nichols (23) of Rutherford, TN, was alone and operating a 1994 Honda passenger car in the city limits of Fulton (KY) around 1:10 am on December 24, 2014 when a Fulton Police Department officer attempted to make a traffic stop on this vehicle. The vehicle Nichols was operating had been reported stolen to Kentucky State Police dispatch and the Graves County Sheriff's Department on December 23, 2014 from a car dealership in Mayfield. Nichols failed to stop for the Fulton PD officer, and a pursuit ensued.

During the pursuit, Fulton PD advised the vehicle drove into a parking area near downtown Fulton before traveling east on State Line Road accelerating to speeds nearing 120 MPH. A Kentucky State Police Trooper joined the pursuit on KY 129 as Nichols continued to flee out of Fulton. Other local law enforcement responded in a support capacity from Graves County and Hickman County Sheriff's Departments. Near the Hickman County line, Nichols lost control when he ran off the left side of the roadway and overcorrected his vehicle before colliding with a tree. Nichols, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected after the vehicle became airborne subsequent to impacting the tree. Nichols was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Hickman County Coroner's Office. Speed and a failure to be restrained are contributing factors to this collision. Toxicology results are pending laboratory analysis.

Kentucky State Police was assisted on the scene by the Fulton County Police Department, Hickman County Sheriff's Department, Graves County Sheriff's Department, South Fulton (TN) Police Department, Fulton Fire Department and Tri-city Ambulance Service. Trooper John Coppersmith and KSP Advanced Collision Reconstructionist Trooper Jody Cash are continuing their investigation into the collision and death of Nichols. The Graves County Sheriff's Department is continuing their investigation into the auto theft complaint.