Man Killed In ATV Crash In Eastern Kentucky

SANDY HOOK, Ky. (AP) - State police say a 26-year-old man has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash in eastern Kentucky.

Jordon Whitley was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in Elliott County Friday morning just after 4 a.m. EST. Whitley was traveling on Kentucky 719 about a mile north of the Morgan County line when he crashed.

State police say Whitley's Suzuki ATV went off the roadway and struck a parked vehicle.

He lived in Sandy Hook.

State police said alcohol was thought to be a factor in Whitley's death.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Pike County on Jan 17, 2008 at 06:03 AM
    Lana, I agree children do not need to be riding ATVs without protective gear but as far as not being allowed to ride I do not agree with that. My children wear chest protectors, helmets, protective goggles, gloves and boots EVERY time we go riding. I have seen kids and adults riding on the rear wheel as well at Shelbiana as a matter of fact and yes this is dangerous, but it is all in how a parent raises their child(ren). They have to be taught right from wrong just like when we teach them to drive. If you don't tell teach them what is appropriate and inappropriate when driving then it is like handing them a loaded gun!!! The biggest difference is most parents are with their children when they are riding ATVs not every time they are driving, or at least we are.
  • by Lana Location: Louisville on Jan 2, 2008 at 09:06 AM
    My heart goes out to the Whitley family - they have suffered a terrible lost. My opiniion on these ATVs and dirt bikes - although I have lived in Louisville for many years I still go back to eastern KY to visit family and friends and I see first hand how out-of-control these riders are. KY 199 in Pike County is over run with them, as is Mullens Road. Not just adult riders but kids as young as 10. No protective gear or helments to be seen, riding as fast and reckless as possible, and more often than not, on the REAR wheels! These people are just asking for a disaster to happen. And when it does, I'm sorry, BUT I can't offer my sympathy. NO sane person should be this foolish regardless of where they live - be it in a small city like Lexington, a big city like Louisville, or a small community in Pike county. Law enforcement: get out there and DO YOUR DUTY! Stop these senseless accidents and deaths BEFORE they happen!
  • by johnny Location: east ky on Jan 1, 2008 at 03:45 AM
    i agre with diane there is more crime in lexington than any where els in ky just watch the news.i would not give one county in eastern ky for all of lexington and i am not saying all of the people from lexington are bad people i.know that a lot of good people live if i would call lexington morons i would be as bad as steve to call eastern ky all of us from east ky dont let steves coments get to you.we know we are good people just as we know people from lexington are good people. there are bad people every where.just watch the news and you will see
  • by Anonymous on Jan 1, 2008 at 03:26 AM
    Steve, I was born and raised in Pike County and lived in Lexington for over a year. I saw more violence while there and more inconsiderate people as well. My husband and I own 2 4-wheelers, a dirt bike and a Harley. If you ride these vehicles appropriately then they are safe. As far as riding on public roads, you are allowed to ride on them for a limited amount of feet, this is to get from point A to point B. There are so many more accidents involving cars than ATV's. Look at the statistics before you speak. Accidents happen and when someone dies, there is a reason. God has a plan for them. I would rather my children be out riding their ATVs than doing drugs, stealing or murdering people. I lived on Palumbo and there were women killed not to far from my house while living there. I really hate how people from Lexington down people from Pike County when alot of them are from around here. One big difference is people in Pike County care about each other, unlike Lexington!!!!!!
  • by a Location: nicholasville,ky on Dec 31, 2007 at 04:37 PM
    Indiana is the highest rated for ATV Deaths... people look and ready before you open your mouths.... Come on......
  • by Zeke Location: Pike Cty on Dec 31, 2007 at 09:05 AM
    If you outlaw Morons then only Morons will be outlaws.
  • by New Gov Administration Location: Promoting Death on Dec 31, 2007 at 07:45 AM
    Lets discuss this. Our current Lieutenant Gov is promoting this as Kentucky's tourism future. That is a joke. Give the folks of EKY some real recreation instead of promoting unsafe sporting. Statistics prove ATV's can be deadly. To those who lost family or loved ones I am so sorry. To the rest of those still riding or letting you child have these as gifts or to keep up with you neighbors, stop it. To the current administration in Frankfort, I count the days until you leave.
  • by Debbie Location: Lexington on Dec 31, 2007 at 05:23 AM
    Another ATV rider was killed while riding on a KY roadway. It's sad, and I'm sorry for this family's loss; BUT is anyone surprised by the news? Does anyone know how many ATV deaths that makes this year? State Police THINK alcohol was a factor in this latest death. True or not, anyone with a bit of common sense SHOULD know that these vehicles are NOT designed for highway use! And even though it's illegal to operate ATVs on our roadways these riders are out there every day and night ... endangering their lives and all the innocent driver they may encounter! Maybe our State and County police should enforse the laws of KY and there would be fewer riders killed ... fewer fatal accidents to investigate!
  • by john Location: east ky on Dec 31, 2007 at 04:05 AM
    stwve if you never seen a fast food restaurant in eastern ky then you must be a very old man because thet have been around for a very long time in harlan county an bell county.but sounds like you know every thing.but i still like to here your comments
  • by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2007 at 03:13 AM
    jimmy stevens knowed jorden ,jimmy should have not chaced him and just followed him home and jorden would be alive,


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