Last updated: September 02. 2014 4:02PM - 8620 Views
By Kevin Halpern rhalpern@civitasmedia.com

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Tragedy struck a Harlan County family for a second time Monday night when a woman was killed in an ATV wreck.

According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call at approximately 7:30 p.m. of an ATV collision on KY 1137 at Cawood.

Preliminary investigation suggests Danita Millis, 32, of Cawood, was operating an ATV when she lost control and left the roadway, striking a tree.

Millis was transported from the scene by Johnson’s LifeCare Ambulance Service to Cawood Elementary School and was flown out to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.

Millis reportedly succumbed to her injures at 9:53 p.m. Monday.

“She was a kind person, never met a stranger, and she was a very loving mother,” Millis’ oldest sister, Janice Wigington, said.

Wigington said she also lost a brother in a wreck two years ago.

In addition to two surviving sons, Wiginton said Millis and her finance were also expecting twins.

“Her children meant everything to her,” Wigington said. “Everyone who met her liked her immediately. She was always first in line to help someone.”

The collision remains under investigation by Trooper Kenny Sergent.

Millis was the second person from Harlan County to die in a collision on Monday.

Flossie Smith, 56, of Evarts, died Monday afternoon in a wreck on U.S. 119. Smith was reportedly travelling northbound when her vehicle left the right side of the roadway and entered a ditch.

Smith’s vehicle initially struck a culvert and then ran up an embankment. Once the vehicle went up the embankment it rolled onto its top.

There were two auto-related fatalities in Harlan County in August.

Kevin Halpern can be reached at 606-909-4146.

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