Deadly week on Floyd roads kills 3
by JACK LATTA
Three separate motor vehicle accidents in Floyd County last week claimed the lives of three people, according to Kentucky State Police reports issued over the weekend.
The first accident, which took place on Thursday at approximately 11:40 a.m. on Route 80 near Martin, took the life of James R. Bevins, 44, of Pikeville, after the vehicle he was driving reportedly slammed into the rear end of a loaded 18-wheeler which was also traveling in the eastbound lane of Route 80. Bevins was pronounced dead at the scene by the Floyd County coroner and the accident is still under investigation by KSP.
Saturday evening saw two more fatal accidents, the first of which also happened on Route 80 near Martin when, in an apparent freak accident, a rock landed on the cab of a truck being driven by Frank M. Baldridge, 37, of Wayland. Baldridge was pronounced dead at the scene.
An off-road accident later that night near David cost one passenger her life and left another in critical condition after the vehicle they were traveling in went off the road and fell approximately 150 feet over an embankment.
Angela Whitaker, 19, of David, who was thrown from the truck, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two other people in the 1988 Chevy Blazer, Joe Poe, 37, of David, and Kevin Ousley, 19, of Hueysville, were both injured in the accident.
Poe was reportedly airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital with severe head trauma. Ousley escaped the accident with minor injuries.
According to KSP because all three passengers were thrown from the vehicle, it was undetermined at the time who was driving.
None of the passengers in the vehicle were wearing their seat belts.
According to KSP public relations officer Scott Hopkins, an official toxicology report may take up to six weeks and the accident is still under investigation by Trooper Eric Gibson.
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