One dead in crash involving Pike sheriff’s cruiser

Two Pike County Sheriff’s deputies were injured in a crash Tuesday when their patrol vehicle collided with a civilian while providing medical transport for an inmate to Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa. Both deputies were transported to Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville for medical care.

A crash in Johnson County between a civilian and a Pike County Sheriff’s deputy on U.S. 23 near Hilltop Road resulted in one fatality, according to Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Clark, who is performing an ongoing investigation into the collision.

According to Clark, the driver of a Toyota Camry, who Clark reported was declared dead after the crash, was performing a U-turn across the median when the Camry collided with the patrol vehicle , resulting in three individuals, including the passenger of the red Toyota Camry and two Pike County Sheriff’s deputies, being injured.

“I received a report of a two-vehicle collision here on 23, and was advised it was a pretty bad wreck,” Clark said. “(The) fire department was on the scene while I was on my way … and advised they had one person they were doing CPR on.”

Clark said the driver of the Camry was not wearing a seatbelt and was declared dead by Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby.

The crash caused a complete closure of U.S. 23 for more than an hour, and identities had not been released as of presstime Tuesday.

“The first thing we do when we get on a collision scene like this, is make sure people are being cared for,” Clark said. “I figured it’d be bad, but I’ve seen collisions that were worse that no one got hurt in. The main thing is the seatbelts, I don’t know why people don’t want to wear seatbelts. It appears that the driver of this car over here did not have a seatbelt on … it was a female and she wasn’t ejected from the vehicle, but apparently she had been thrown to the back seat during the collision.”

Clark said he was performing an ongoing investigation and further information would be released as it became available.

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