Eastern KY Man Dies In Crash Over Embankment

EVARTS, KY -- A 24-year-old Harlan County man died early Saturday after driving over an embankment, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Sunday edition.

Kentucky State Police said Jason Juarez of Closplint died about 4 a.m. on Ky. 38, about 15 miles east of Evarts.

Juarez was westbound in a 2006 Nissan when a tire dropped off the road and onto the shoulder. Juarez apparently overcorrected and lost control of the Nissan, which crossed the road and went over an embankment, reports the Herald-Leader.

The Nissan struck a tree after traveling 159 feet, police said. Juarez, the only occupant of the vehicle, was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene by Harlan County Coroner Phillip Bianchi.

No autopsy is planned, Bianchi said. Evarts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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  • by me Location: eastern ky on Jul 7, 2008 at 11:42 AM
    Hey janice maybe if the wonderful people of western kentucky could come down here and teach us hillbillies to use seatbelts it would help. Remember your from KY as well so don't shoot down your own kind, you should be saying a prayer for this kid's family. Or do they not teach you how to do that in Frankfort?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2008 at 10:04 AM
    Its the law you wear seat belts and here in SOUTH EASTERN KY you are cited if caught not wearing one. Funny thing though is our school children riding school buses that DO NOT have seat belts. Arn't our children inportant ? People from Eastern and South East Ketucky are not stupid nor are we ignorance we are not the Beverly Hillybillies.
  • by T.C. Location: Richmond on Jul 7, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    A man is dead. I don't see how that makes him fair game to be called stupid. How do we know he was in the habit of not wearing a seatbelt? Who knows, maybe that was 1 time he forgot to put it on. All I do know, is that calling "these people" stupid or ignorant, makes you sound even worse. "These people"?! Those people are no different than you or anyone else, no better and no worse. These people, they're OUR people. Fellow Kentuckians who get a bad enough rep without our own folk adding to it. Yes, seatbelt saves lives, we all know that. But does this man's family deserve to have not only their loved one bashed but their entire community? No, they do not. They're having a hard enough time without true ignorance rearing it's ugly head. When pointing the finger of blame, remember this, ya still have 3 more fingers pointing back at yourself. My sympathy goes to this man's family. May they take comfort in knowing he's with God now.
  • by Rebecca Location: eastern kentucky on Jul 7, 2008 at 06:27 AM
    Excuse me!!! I live in southeastern Kentucky and we do wear seatbelts, I agree that I see people that don't wear them. However, where you live and your social status has nothing to do with it!!!
  • by janice Location: frankfort on Jul 6, 2008 at 11:48 PM
    I've met numerous people from eastern, Ky. Most people there just don't believe in seat belts and refuse to wear them. I've seen pickup trucks loaded with people with their children sitting in laps. I wonder if these people will ever learn! Is this Ignorance or just plain Stupidity? Hey Eastern Ky...Guess what? SEAT BELTS DO SAVE LIVES. GET SOME SENSE AND WEAR THEM.


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