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Kentucky State Police Investigate Pedestrian Fatal

Pippa Passes, KY. (October 14, 2021) – On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at approximately 2:42 P.M, Kentucky State Police, Post 13, Hazard, received a call in reference to a pedestrian struck on KY-899 in the Pippa Passes Community of Knott County.

Troopers and Detectives responded to the scene where they located a male subject they identified as Charles Benton, 40, of Pippa Passes, with serious physical injuries. The initial investigation indicates that Benton was standing alongside KY-899 when a log truck operated by James Hesson, 55, of Fisty, struck him, causing serious physical injury.

Benton was transported by ambulance to a landing zone, where he was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center for medical treatment. Several hours later, Benton succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

At this time, no charges have been filed. This incident remains under investigation and is being reconstructed by Detective Brandon Thomas. 

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