Guardrail placed at site of fatal crash

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Nearly one year after a mother and her baby died in a horrible crash in Clay County. Neighbors who witnessed the accident said they are glad something has been done to make the road safer.

Two white crosses along a curvy Clay County road were set up in memory of 27-year-old Kimberly Jackson and her five month old daughter Gabriella Ramos. Police said the two died nearly one year ago on Kentucky 11 after Jackson hydro-planed into the nearby creek. Jackson’s husband, Ricky Ramos, survived the crash.

“It is on the North side of the hill and it's dangerous in the winter months,” said Tony Valentine, who lives near the site of the deadly crash.

Others who lived nearby said it was a dangerous section of road.

“There has been a lot of wrecks on that curve there,” said Coy Valentine, who said he lived there for 69 years.
“In the past ten years there's probably been ten twelve vehicles wrecked there.”

Around six months ago, after requests from neighbors and the family, officials said money was set aside to build a guardrail. The Coys said it has been a long time coming.

“They should have done it fifty years ago,” said Tony Valentine.
“But they finally did put it up.”

The Valentines said they believed they were getting long-needed results.

“It should have been up a long time ago, really but they've put more up in the last few years around here than I have seen in my whole lifetime,” said Coy Valentine.

They said though it may not bring the lives lost back, they thought it could make a difference in the future.

“Maybe save a life,” said Tony Valentine.

Neighbors said the guardrail has been up for just more than one month.

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