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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  • by Anonymous Location: KY on Oct 23, 2007 at 07:29 PM
    Dose anyone know when the funeral is and at what funeral home? I would like to send flowers. I also heard they are collecting money, where do you send it or drop it off at.
  • by Debbie Location: Lee County on Oct 23, 2007 at 04:02 PM
    Teresa please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Teresa was a super mom and yes Dee the child was in a car seat God was just ready to have him home. We are continuing to pray for you, your family and your unborn baby.
  • by Kymom Location: lex on Oct 23, 2007 at 12:46 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family involved. I hope that NO ONE is blaming themselves for this tragic loss. It was God's decision to take this little one home. He was ready for His newest angel. Sometimes we may not understand why things happen, but we just need to have faith and know that God has these things happen for a reason. God bless this family.
  • by Anonymous Location: richmond on Oct 23, 2007 at 09:51 AM
    please know you are in my prayers and i pray the Lord comfort you in this time of need.
  • by anonymous Location: morehead,ky on Oct 23, 2007 at 08:39 AM
    I pray for the family of this little boy for comfort in a time like this. My question is was they or are they able to save the child she was carring?
  • by Betty Location: Clay city on Oct 23, 2007 at 07:43 AM
    Dee why do people assume the worst do you know understand that Teresa would give her life before she would EVER let anything happen to her precious baby boy we are all at lost but know that God will see us thru this terrible time. I pray that you know the Lord and that you are praying for Teresa and her unborn child. we will keep you in our prayers.
  • by Anonymous Location: Campton on Oct 22, 2007 at 08:10 PM
    What a terrible thing to happen to a young child. I have a young child myself, and I couldn't imagine something like that happening. My prayers go out to the mother and her family.
  • by cindy Location: jackson,ky on Oct 22, 2007 at 06:55 PM
    I have to children of my own who i love dearly,they say the hardest thing a mother can go through is loseing a child.I no it will be really hard but god will lead you through this one day at a time my prayers are with your family.
  • by DC Location: Booneville, KY on Oct 22, 2007 at 05:36 PM
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this tragedy. I cannot begin to imagine something like this happening, but anything is possible. I honestly believe that God has a reason for every action, and Nathaniel is God's newest little angel. We will continue to pray for Teresa and the whole family. I hope that they can find comfort knowing that people out there does care.
  • by Anonymous Location: Knox county on Oct 22, 2007 at 04:52 PM
    My prayers will be with this family during this terrible time and the days to follow. To Dee, please do not assume that the child was not in a car seat. The story above tell you he was in a child restraint, whether he were in the front or the back would not have made a difference. Yes, something will be learned by this terrible accident... this family will learn what is it like to lose a child that they loved dearly. May God hold this family in his loving embrace.
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