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KSP Investigates Collision That Claims the Life of a Knott County Man

Date of News Release: 6/29/2017

Mousie, Ky. (June 29, 2017) – A single vehicle crash in Knott County late Wednesday evening claimed the life of a Hindman man. The collision occurred on KY 550 East, near the Mousie community. Kentucky State Police Post 13 dispatchers began receiving calls advising of the crash at around 10:46 p.m. Troopers responded to the scene on Highway 550, near the junction of Turtle Branch Road, and were joined by Trans Star Ambulance and Ball Creek Fire and Rescue.

The initial investigation determined that Cody Fair, age 22 of Hindman was operating a 1988 Chevrolet pick-up truck, traveling eastbound on KY 550. While allegedly attempting to pass another vehicle, Fair lost control of the truck and went off the westbound shoulder of the roadway. Cody Fair was ejected from the truck as it went over an embankment. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by Knott County Deputy Coroner Donnie Salmons. Two passengers in the truck, 18 year old Cory Slone of Mousie, and 17 year old Austin Slone of Hindman, were injured in the crash. Cory Slone was air-lifted to Pikeville Medical Center while, Austin Slone was transported to Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. Both received medical treatment for apparent non-life threatening injuries.

At this time, driver impairment is not being considered as a primary factor in the cause of this collision. Standard toxicology results, which are collected during fatal collision investigations, are pending. Cody Fair was not wearing a seat belt at the time of this collision, and no autopsy will be performed. This case remains under investigation by Trooper Robbie Dials with KSP Post 13.