Southfork, Ky. (January 6, 2023) – On Thursday, January 5, 2023, at approximately 8:32 P.M, Kentucky State Police, Post 13, Hazard, received a call of a single vehicle accident on KY 1098 in the Southfork community of Breathitt County.
Preliminary investigation indicates that Chad Wesley Hardin, 31 of Ezel was operating a black 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve causing the vehicle to lose control. The vehicle traveled off the roadway striking a tree. The Breathitt County Coroners Office responded to the scene and pronounced Hardin deceased along with a passenger in the vehicle John Raymond Hardin, 29 of Jackson.
No seat belts were in use at the time of the collision. Toxicology and autopsy results are currently pending. This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Justin Baker. Trooper Baker was assisted on scene by reconstructionist Trooper Jarret Fields.
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Clayhole, Ky. (January 6, 2023) – On Thursday, January 5, 2023 at approximately 1:06 P.M, Kentucky State Police, Post 13, Hazard, received a call in reference to a structure fire on Cedar Hill Rd. in the Clayhole community of Breathitt County.
Multiple surrounding fire agencies responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. During this time, human remains were located inside the residence. Detectives with Kentucky State Police responded to the scene and launched an investigation.
The Breathitt County Coroner’s office responded to the scene and pronounced the unknown male subject deceased. The remains were sent to the medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for identification and autopsy. This incident remains under investigation by Detective Chris Collins.
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