Trooper Robert Purdy
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Kentucky State Police
Post 7, Richmond
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KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Owsley County
Date of News Release: 06/08/2014
(Booneville, KY) - The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is investigating a fatal collision in Owsley County that happened today (06/08/2014) just before 4:30 pm EDT. The collision occurred approximately 4 miles east of Booneville on Highway 30.
Initial investigation has revealed that a green 1992 Ford Ranger, operated by Dave A. Reed, 55 years old of Booneville, KY, was traveling east on HWY-30. The Ford Ranger crossed the centerline and sideswiped a Dodge Avenger, operated by Christopher P. Ritchie, 29 years old of Jackson, KY.
Following the initial collision, the Ford Ranger drove off of the road and struck a tree. The passenger, Whitney D. Roberts, 23 years old of Booneville, was fatally injured in the collision. Roberts was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Owsley County Coroner. Reed was air lifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. It does not appear that Reed or Roberts were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision.
The collision remains under investigation by KSP Trooper Charles Brandenburg.