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Weekend Collision Claims Life of Perry County Child

Date of News Release: 01/27/2015

(Hazard, KY) - A weekend collision in Hazard has resulted in the death of a Perry County child. Troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard are currently investigating the incident which occurred at approximately 6:40 p.m., on Saturday January 24. Officers responded to a call of a two vehicle collision on Combs Road, near Perry County Central High School.

Initially it was determined that Jason Combs, age 36 of Hazard, was traveling east on Combs Road in a 1999 Chevrolet pickup, when the truck crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a 2001 Chrysler Sebring. The driver and passenger of the car, as well as Jason Combs were transported to Hazard ARH for medical treatment. A 9 year old child was air-lifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. The driver of the Sebring was treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released. Jason Combs was also treated and released, at which time he was transported and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence and other traffic offenses. The child was wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision, and toxicology results are pending.

On Monday, January 26, Trooper Brandon Thomas served an arrest warrant on Jason Combs, charging him with one count each of Assault 1st Degree and 1st Degree Wanton Endangerment. He remained lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail.

At approximately 4:00 p.m., on January 26, KSP Post 13 was advised that the child involved in this collision had died as a result of sustained injuries. As a result of the child's death, Jason Combs is now subject to additional charges. This incident remains under investigation by Tpr. Brandon Thomas.