Mother and infant die after a car is driven into Clay Co. creek

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

A mother and her five month old baby are dead after their car ended up in a creek in Clay County. The accident happened around 3:30 Thursday afternoon on Kentucky 11 South near Manchester.

Police and rescue crews rushed to the scene of the accident on Highway 11 in Clay County.

“We do have two fatalities from this accident one definitely confirmed and one being taken to the Manchester Memorial Hospital where we are being informed that they are deceased,” said Trooper Don Trosper of the Kentucky State Police.

The driver, 27-year-old Kimberly Jackson and her five month old daughter Gabriella Ramos died in the crash.

Police said the driver lost control of the car, slid down the embankment and then submerged the car into the creek on the side of the road.

“One was able to get out very shortly after the crash occurred, that person is also at the hospital,” said Trosper.

The baby's father, 27-year-old Rickie Ramos, is listed in fair condition at Manchester Memorial Hospital. One witness said the first responders acted as quickly as they could.

“Get the car out of the river, it was upside down, we had done all we could to save that child's life but I was sorry about what happened,” said Ronnie Gibson, a witness and Volunteer Firefighter from the Horse Creek V.F.D. He said he called dispatch to let them know about the child being in the car.

“That road is dangerous and wet,” said Gibson.

Neighbors who witnessed the crash say that the road is treacherous. One lady said she has lived their for eight months and witnessed three crashes prior to this one.

“We live right here in a blind spot, but it is dangerous, wet or dry, we have every time it rains we expect an accident right here, and this is the second one, almost in the same spot,” said Janet Knight.

Knight said that she has tried to get something done, but so far, no luck.

“From the time I went to the state department, maybe they should have already put the guard rails up and maybe this would have been prevented.”

She said she has seen three accidents prior to the one on November 16. She said she was born in Manchester and witnessed lots of wreck in that area years prior, though she has only lived there currently for eight months.

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