Fatal accident in Christopher leads to murder charges
by LUCINDA CORNETT
The holiday weekend brought tragedy for some in eastern Kentucky in the early morning of Friday, Nov. 24.
Five people riding in a vehicle driven by 31-year-old Anthony Franks of Ary were either injured or killed in a fatal accident on Kentucky Highway 451.
According to the Kentucky State Police, Franks lost control of the vehicle, a Honda Prelude, and overcorrected in an attempt to return the vehicle to the roadway. The vehicle then hit two parked cars before crashing into the front yard of a Christopher home near the Perry County Maintenance Garage.
Three passengers were ejected before the Honda came to a stop.
Two female passengers, 17-year-old Tiffany N. Hall of Knott County and Anthony Franks' wife, 28-year-old Megan Bradley Franks, died from injuries sustained in the accident.
Jason Franks, brother of the driver, and another passenger, Steven Payne, were both airlifted to the UK Medical Center in Lexington. Payne is currently listed in serious, but stable condition while Jason Franks is said to be in good spirits.
Anthony Franks was treated for his injuries at the Hazard ARH hospital.
No passenger in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.
Detective Tony Watts with the Kentucky State Police said, “The investigative officer seems to think [the accident] was drugs or alcohol related.”
Currently, KSP Trooper Brandon Thomas is continuing the investigation into this accident.
Due to the deaths of Tiffany Hall and Megan Bradley Franks, the driver, Anthony Franks, faces two counts of murder charges.
Anthony Franks was arrested Friday, Nov. 24 and is being held at the Kentucky River Regional Detention Center.
In addition to the murder charges, he is charged with driving under the influence and one count of assault in the first degree.
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