VIPER — One person is dead after a fatal single vehicle collision occurred early Monday morning near Slabtown on Hwy. 7. Three others were also injured during the crash.
Deputies with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, along with Perry County EMS and Viper Fire and Rescue, responded to the accident.
The Fayette County Coroner’s office told The Hazard Herald that Patrick Steven Campbell, 57, of Maces Creek, died from his injuries.
Officers believe that slick roads, from a recent snow, may have contributed to the crash. A witness to the accident told deputies that they were coming from the opposite direction when they saw the blue Trailblazer being driven by Corbett Slaven swerve across the yellow line, Slaven then tried to re-correct the SUV, but over-corrected causing the car to roll several times.
Campbell, who was the front passenger, was ejected from the SUV. The other three individuals were rescued from the SUV by Jaws of Life. All four occupants were taken by ambulance to Hazard ARH.
A small dog was also in the vehicle. The dog had no visible injuries. It was wrapped in the blanket because of the cold and was taken home by a friend of the family.
One of the occupants was reported to have repeatedly asked EMS if the dog was OK . The occupant wasn’t worried about their injuries, but was more worried about the dog’s potential injuries.
Deputy Sheriff Kevin Day with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department said that none of the occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Deputy Sheriff Day said that alcohol or drugs are not suspected in the involvement of the crash.
A family member of one of the occupant’s spoke to The Hazard Herald Monday evening. She said that her brother, Slaven, was driving Campbell, Charlie Brown and Brown’s girlfriend to a doctor appointment when they crashed.
She said that Campbell was in critical condition and doctors did not expect him to make it. Both Slaven and Brown were later transported to UK Medical Center. Brown’s girlfriend was treated and released from Hazard ARH.
She is asking members of the community for prayers and support.
The wreck is under investigation by Deputy Sheriff Kevin Day with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-629-3245 or on Twitter @TJHazardHerald.