Three Hyden women and an unborn child are dead, and a 2-year-old is in critical condition, after a two-vehicle collision in Clay County. Police say they suspect alcohol and drug usage played a part in the wreck.
According to authorities, at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Friday, the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 office in London received a report of a two-vehicle fatal traffic collision around the 23 mile marker on the Hal Rogers Parkway in Clay County.
The police report states that upon arrival, Traffic Collision Reconstructionist Trooper Delzie Kelly determined that a 1995 Chevrolet pick-up truck operated by Jason Gibson, 40, of Big Creek, was traveling westbound on the Parkway when Gibson crossed the center-line and struck a 2013 Nissan Altima, which was traveling eastbound, head on. Police say the Altima was operated by Judy A. Pennington-Adams, 63, of Hyden.
Authorities say Pennington-Adams was pronounced dead at the scene. Her two passengers Charlene L. Lewis, 59 and Tiffany A. Williams, 23, both of Hyden, were also pronounced dead at the scene by the Clay County Coroner’s Office.
The report says that Williams was eight months pregnant and her unborn child was also killed in the collision. Police say Williams’ 2-year-old son was a third passenger in Pennington-Adams’ Altima and he was flown from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he has been listed in critical condition.
According to authorities, Gibson was also flown from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he has been listed in stable condition.
Kelly is continuing the investigation. Assisting at the scene were additional troopers from Post 11, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Coroner Danny Finley, Clay County EMS and the Manchester Fire Department.