25-year-old killed in wreck, no charges expected


PAYNE GAP, Ky. (WTVQ)A two-vehicle crash in Letcher County resulted in the death of a Jenkins man Thursday afternoon.

At around 2:40 p.m., Kentucky State Police troopers were called to a crash which occurred on US 119 at the intersection of Jim Banks Road

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Jenkins police and fire departments, Letcher Sheriff’s Department, Letcher County EMS, Neon P.D. and Neon EMS all assisted at the scene.

The preliminary investigation determined 25-year-old William Vanover, of Jenkins, was southbound in a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier, when he attempted to turn onto Jim Banks Road into Payne Gap.

As the car began to cross the northbound lane it was struck in the driver’s side by a southbound 2019 Freightliner utility truck .

The driver of the truck, Francis Goodson, of Hazard, claimed he swerved into the northbound lane of US 119 to avoid a collision with another vehicle when he collided with Vanover’s car.

William Vanover was pronounced dead at the scene by Letcher County Coroner Rene Campbell. Francis Goodson was not injured, and seat belts were not in use at the time of the crash.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today at the State Medical Examiners Office in Frankfort. Impairment is not suspected as a contributing factor and investigators do not anticipate criminal charges.

Trooper Jarrett Fields with K.S.P. Post 13 is leading this investigation with assistance from Detective Scott Caudill.