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April 15, 2014

Teen hit by van on Master Street, flown to Lexington

Boy’s mother arrested at home for endangering welfare of a minor

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

A 17-year-old Corbin boy was flown to a Lexington hospital Sunday evening after he was hit by a church van on Master Street.

Moments later, when police came to notify his mother at home about the accident, they noted that she was drunk, and was arrested.

Denise Lamb, 39, of 524 Roy Kidd Avenue, Corbin, was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. She was jailed at the Knox County Detention Center in Barbourville.

The 17-year-old — who’s name was not released because he is a juvenile — suffered a broken left leg and was listed in stable condition Monday at University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington.

Corbin police got the call Sunday at 7:39 p.m. of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian on Master Street.

They added the accident happened in the roadway on Master Street, right in front of Little Caesar’s Pizza.

“When I arrived at the scene, there were already people gathered around the juvenile. I asked him a few short questions, so the EMTs could get to him quickly, and the juvenile did respond. He knew he was in Corbin, and he knew he’d been hit by a vehicle. He was alert and conscious when police got there,” Officer Kyle Trosper, who worked the accident, said in a phone interview.

The 17-year-old boy was hit by a white 1998 Ford van, called a “Club Wagon.” Police said the van belonged to the Faber Missionary Baptist Church, south of Corbin on Ky. 26. It was driven by James Skaggs, 65, of Corbin, who was in the right lane on Master Street going towards downtown Corbin at the time of the accident.

Skaggs reported to officers that the boy walked out in the center of the street, into the vehicle’s path. According to police, Skaggs tried to use his horn to get the boy’s attention, and swerved left to avoid hitting him.

The 17-year-old boy was struck by the van’s passenger mirror. Trosper added the driver of the van also said he believed the boy was struck by the van’s rear passenger tire.

“The collision occurred in the center, and the boy was partially on the sidewalk, and still partially on the roadway when I arrived,” said Trosper.

Officer Steve Meadors was also working the accident for Corbin Police. He noted both the 17-year-old boy and his sister, a 14-year-old juvenile, were at the scene.

Meadors said the boy’s sister had witnessed the accident, and when the officer talked to her, the girl told him that her mother “didn’t want to come to the scene because she had been drinking.”

Meadors mentioned that at that point, emergency  responders advised police that the boy had been drinking.

In the parking lot of the East Side Laundromat, police talked to witnesses about what they saw before the accident occurred. They told officers the boy and girl’s mother had driven the children and herself to the laundromat.

“After they were done at the laundromat, they drove back home, but the mother had forgotten she had left her phone at the laundromat and sent her children back to the laundromat on foot to get her phone, according to witnesses,”said Meadors in a phone interview Monday.

Afterward, he got the mother’s address on Roy Kidd Avenue and went to the home. There, police noticed the mother was on the floor, lying on her back. Officer Meadors asked her what she was doing, and she replied she was waiting for police to arrive.

According to police, the woman had extremely slurred speech, needed to be helped up from the floor, smelled of alcohol and appeared extremely intoxicated.

Meadors arrested her, and added he “had to help her to the vehicle” as he took her into custody.

Knox County EMTs took the 17-year-old boy from the accident area to nearby Campbell Field where a medical helicopter arrived, airlifting him to UK Hospital in Lexington.

“Officer Trosper heard from the boy’s grandmother, who told him last night he was in stable condition with a broken left leg,” said Meadors.

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