PERRY COUNTY — Perry County is mourning the deaths of two citizens, who lost their lives in a couple of unrelated vehicle crashes Saturday. Both victims were young mothers with many loved ones in the Hazard area.
The first wreck occurred on Hwy 80 in Clay County, taking the life of Jessica Slover, age 33 of Ary. Slover was traveling in an SUV along with one other woman, who was flown to Lexington for medical treatment. The SUV is the only vehicle reported as part of the crash. Both women were ejected. Details about what might have caused the wreck have not yet been released. The accident was called out by the dispatcher around 5:00 Saturday morning.
Jessica Slover was the mother of one daughter, Izabella Slover, and one son, Seth Slover. She also leaves behind her husband, Ronald Slover, both parents, Brack Baker and Linda Baker, plus four sisters and two brothers. The funeral service for Jessica Slover will be at 11:00 a.m. Sept. 21 at Maggard’s Mtn. View Chapel. Funeral arrangements can be found in the Obituary section of this week’s Hazard Herald.
The second crash happened around 10:00 Saturday evening on a section of Hwy. 15 near the Lower 2nd Creek community in Perry County that has seen several wrecks occur this year alone. Hwy. 15 was closed in the area for a long time, while officials tended to the victims and investigated the scene.
Only one vehicle was involved. Tasha Stacy, age 25 of Hazard, was the lone passenger. She lost her life when the vehicle veered out of control, hit a culvert and then flipped at an excessive rate of speed heading northbound on Hwy. 15. Stacy was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, a male who remains unidentified, was taken to Hazard ARH then transferred tp Lexington with serious head injuries. According to officials, the driver was under the influence of alcohol.
Tasha Stacy is survived by her mother, Freddie Collins, and her father, Tommy Stacy, as well as four sisters and two brothers. Along with a multitude of other family and friends, Tasha Stacy also leaves behind her 5-month old daughter, Ailene Marie Faye Smith. Funeral arrangements are in the Hazard Herald Obituary section.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.