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Family hit hard with double tragedy over Memorial Day holiday

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A deadly crash in Morgan County on Monday night kills woman.

It happened in West Liberty on Kentucky 7.

The Morgan County coroner says 76-year old Gerry Blackwell, was returning from her nephew's visitation when she was hit head on by a suspected drunk driver. Her nephew, 42-year-old Frederick Wilson died on Saturday on KY 801 in Rowan County after a motorcycle accident.

"She had been at the funeral home for her nephew which I used to haul on the school bus. I know him really well and she had been to the funeral home and was a couple of miles from the funeral home when it happened," says Drexel Patrick, a fire chief in Morgan County and friend of this family.

Authorities say inside the care with Gerry Blackwell was her brother, 59-year-old Terry Blackwell.

Police say 23-year old Brittany Williams crossed the center line, hitting Blackwell's Chevy Cavalier. Police say drugs are believed to be a contributing factor in the accident and criminal charges are pending.

Blackwell's passenger, 59-year old Terry Blackwell was flown to UK hospital where he's in serious condition.

Williams is also at UK hospital and in fair condition.


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