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August 27, 2012

Corbin woman struck by vehicle dies

CORBIN — By Charlotte Underwood / Staff writer

A Corbin woman died early Friday morning from injuries she received after being struck by a vehicle Thursday night on KY 26 about six miles south of Corbin in Whitley County.

Brittany L. Childress, 20, was pronounced dead at 4:57 a.m. at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, according to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.

Childress and Bradley S. Powers, 21, of Williamsburg, were walking south along the north bound lane when Childress was struck by a vehicle being driven by Vernon Dye, 62, of Woodbine, around 9:23 p.m., according to the sheriff’s report.

According to Harrell, Dye was traveling south on KY 26 and was passing two vehicles when he saw the two walking along the roadway and tried to avoid them.

“He was passing legally and tried to avoid them. It was just a very tragic happening, an accident,” Harrell said, adding that speeding did not appear to be a factor in the accident.

Drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the accident either, according to Harrell.

Childress was transported to UT Medical Center by an Air-Evac helicopter. Powers was not struck by the vehicle, but was taken to Baptist Regional Medical Center as a precaution. He was not seriously injured and was later released, according to Harrell.

No charges have been filed.

“At this point, I don’t anticipate any charges. It was just a tragedy,” Harrell said.

Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Ken Shepherd investigated the accident. He was assisted by Deputy Joe Prewitt and Deputy Shawn Jackson as well as the Whitley County EMS and the Woodbine Volunteer Fire Department.

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