Weather suspected as cause of fatal wrecks
by TOM DOTY
Slick roads from several days of rain may have been a contributing factor in several accidents which claimed the lives of at least two area residents on Thursday and Friday.
Otter Creek Correctional Center saw two of its GED teachers involved in wrecks that have claimed the life of one educator and injured the other. Each accident occurred on Route 122.
Lonnie Owens, 30, of Fisty in Knott County, was killed in a wreck at 8 p.m. Thursday when he lost control of his 1997 Cadillac and went off Route 122 in the Bypro area. That accident is still under investigation by Sgt. Steve Little of the Floyd County Sheriff's Department.
Rebecca Sutter, also a teacher who instructs GED classes for the prison, was airlifted to an area hospital when her car went off the road Friday morning on Route 122 near Meade. The Kentucky State Police responded to that accident and could only report, at press time, that her injuries were not fatal.
Kenneth R. Cline, 48, of Majestic, was killed in a wreck that happened at approximately 4:50 a.m. on Friday. Cline was driving south on Highway 319 on Hardy Mountain when his 2000 Dodge Dakota left the roadway and rolled into a ditch.
Trooper Randy Surber, Appalachian First Response Ambulance and the Blackberry Fire Department all went to the scene and transported Cline to South Williamson Appalachian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by Pike County Deputy Coroner Mike Hall.
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