Child Killed, Pregnant Mother Hurt In Lee County Crash

BEATTYVILLE, KY -- A Breathitt County woman was seriously injured and her nearly three-year-old toddler son was killed yesterday in a two vehicle crash east of Beattyville in Lee County.

Kentucky State Police say the accident occurred at 4 p.m. on KY Highway 52.

The deceased has been identified as Nathaniel Johnson, son of 35-year old Teresa Johnson of 15 Wolverine Road in Jackson, Ky. The boy's third birthday would have been a week from Monday, Oct. 29. Police say 45-year old Johnny Noble also of Jackson, who was driving the other vehicle, received minor hand injuries. He was treated and released from Kentucky River Medical Center.

Police say Johnson was traveling eastbound and Noble was westbound on Highway 52. The right side wheels on Johnson's car apparently dropped off the highway causing her to lose control. The vehicle slid sideways into the path of Noble's pickup truck. Johnson's vehicle was struck on the passenger side door.

Police say Ms. Johnson was airlifted to U. K. Hospital where a spokesperson said she is listed in serious condition but stable. Nathaniel Johnson was declared dead at the scene of the accident.

Noble's address is listed as 8908 Beattyville Road in Jackson.

Police say the mother was wearing her seatbelt and her son was secured by a child restraint at the time of the collision. KSP Trooper Sonny Dunaway and Trooper Starlin Hacker are investigating.

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