Police search for driver who caused accident

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Cumberland Police are looking for a driver who allegedly caused a serious accident Wednesday afternoon that sent a Lynch City Council member to the hospital.

Folks at Lynch City Hall are breathing a sigh of relief.

"Panicked, just concerned," said Erica Eldridge, Lynch City Clerk.

They learned that one of their own will be ok after a close call.

"There was a vehicle that actually caused the accident that fled the scene which was described as a silver passenger car," said Mike Franks, Cumberland Police Chief.

Lynch Councilman Winston Yeary was driving north on Highway 119 when police say a silver car pulled out in front of him.

Yeary swerved to avoid the car and slammed into a coal truck waiting to turn left.

Police believe the driver of the silver car pulled out from College Road onto Highway 119 and drove in the wrong lane of the roadway as the car headed south to Harlan.

Police said the driver of the silver car did not stop.

"If you're a driver in the state of Kentucky you are bound by KRS to stop and render aid to someone that's been in a motor vehicle accident," said Franks.

"For somebody to leave an accident scene like that knowing that it caused that kind of damage," said Eldridge.

Whoever was driving is someone police want to talk to.

"We're very much interested in who those people are, and if they knew that the accident happened and still fled they could face criminal charges," said Franks.

One councilman will get to spend the holidays with his family after quite a scare.

"It's hard to think of somebody being hurt like that at Christmas time," said Eldridge.

Folks at City Hall tell us Yeary sustained injuries to his back, but he is expected to come home from the hospital Thursday.

If you have any information about who may have been driving that silver car, you are asked to call Cumberland Police at 606-589-2105.

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