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Knott County Women Killed in Collision

Date of News Release: 09/29/2016

Hazard, Ky. (September 29, 2016) - A Knott County woman who was involved in a collision early Monday evening, has died as a result of injuries she sustained. Troopers from Kentucky State Police Post 13 were called to the scene of the collision at around 6:30 p.m., on Highway 80 near the Emmalena community of Knott County, after receiving a call that a vehicle had overturned and an occupant had been ejected.

The initial investigation into this collision determined that Violet Ritchie, age 41 of Fisty, was operating a Toyota pickup truck, westbound on KY 80 when her vehicle and a Ford Ranger, which was traveling west on KY 80, collided on the roadway. The Ritchie vehicle slid across the eastbound lanes, then overturned onto Montgomery Creek Road, ejecting Violet Ritchie. The Ford Ranger, which was operated by Astor Mullins of Ary, KY, received minor damage, and no occupants were injured. Violet Ritchie was initially transported to Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital for medical treatment. She was later airlifted to Pikeville Medical Center, where she died Tuesday evening. A passenger in the Ritchie vehicle refused treatment at the scene, and was not transported for medical assistance.

Toxicology results for both drivers of the vehicles are pending, though no criminal charges are pending at this time. No autopsy will be conducted, and this collision remains under investigation by Trooper Michael Caudill with KSP Post 13.