Hazard city employee hit by car upgraded to fair condition

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - UPDATE 7-6-13

A car on Gorman Hollow Road hit Hazard city employee John Neace Friday morning while he was picking up trash.

He was airlifted to the Holston Valley Medical Center.

As of Saturday afternoon, 52-year-old Neace remains in fair condition.
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A Hazard city employee was hospitalized after being hit by a car while on the job.

Johnny Neace, 52, was picking up trash beside Gorman Hollow Road when he was hit by a car Friday around 9:30 a.m.

Police arrested the driver, Misty Bradley, 29, for driving on a suspended license.

"She said when she came around the curve, she saw the guys there picking up garbage," said Sgt. Adam Baker with the Hazard Police Dept. "I don't know really whether they surprised her or whether she went to steer around them and lost control of the vehicle or what."

Witnesses told police Bradley was out of control in the car, a green Chevrolet Cavalier.

"One of them actually said it appeared as if she was driving at a high rate of speed," Baker said. "And when she came around the curve they heard the tires sliding. She went over across the road onto the shoulder of the other lane and struck Mr. Neace."

Neace fell around 30 feet down a hill after being hit.

"It was obvious he had a broken arm and a laceration to his head," Baker said.

Neace was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.

Neace was listed in serious condition for much of Friday. But, as of 11 p.m. Friday, he had been upgraded to fair condition.

Bradley passed a sobriety test and agreed to a blood test.

Police say the results of that test could lead to more charges.

Bradley declined to comment for this story.


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