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UPDATE: Johnson County boy dies from injuries suffered in car accident

By: Hillary Thornton, Whitney Burks Email
By: Hillary Thornton, Whitney Burks Email
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Two people have now died from injuries received in a Friday afternoon car accident on U.S. 23 in Prestonsburg. The driver of one of the vehicles, Paula McConnell, died the day of the accident and now a passenger in her vehicle, 10-year-old, Donovan Floyd, has also died. McConnell was Floyd's great-aunt.

On Sunday, hundreds showed support for the 10-year-old through a prayer vigil and lighting candles along the bridge to Highland Elementary.

Principal Thom Cochran says, "It is a tragic event and the child is battling for his life."

Monday morning they got the news they hoped they'd never hear. "At 8:36 this morning he passed away, he had been on life support since the accident," says Donovan's grandmother, Darla Dean.

Dean says, "Liked to do all the things little boys like to do, play out in the yard on a sunny day, play with his puppy, just any little boy thing."

"We were naturally all devastated when I received the phone call," says Cochran.

Leaving many questions and heavy hearts for those inside the elementary school.

Tim Adams, Director of District Operations says, "We know there's going to be a lot of questions, as adults we have a lot of questions. Hopefully, we can answer them or give them the help they need to try and understand why."

The flag at Highland Elementary is flying at half staff in honor of Donovan, a little boy who many say left a big impact on his community.

School officials say that impact is felt by the outpouring of love and support.

Cochran says, "We have a very strong community. Support...I guess we take it for granted and don't realize how much support we have until there is a need."

Support that family members say they are thankful for during this difficult time. "We live in an amazing community, everyone has rallied around Donovan and us," says Dean.

"He will always be in our hearts and he will always be a Highland Wildcat," says Cochran. While Donovan's community knows he will always be smiling down on them.

Donovan will be honored at the Highland girls basketball game on Monday night.

Funeral arrangements have not been set.


A two car crash in Floyd County sent four people to the hospital Friday afternoon.

Police say the call came in just before 2:00 Friday afternoon that there was a two car collision on U.S. 23 beside the Bull Creek Trade Center just north of the junction with U.S. 80.

Police believe a car was pulling onto U.S. 23 from a side road when it collided with an oncoming pickup truck injuring four people.

Officials called in three medical helicopters, but only two were needed.

Two of the injured people were taken by helicopter.

The other two transported by ambulance.

Police kept most lanes of traffic blocked while they reconstructed the scene of the accident.

All lanes were back open just after 5:00.

Police are still investigating to determine the exact cause of that accident.

Police have not released the names or conditions of those crash victims yet.

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