Kentucky State Police trooper Edward Abner said Jason Juarez, 24, was operating a 2006 Nissan west on KY 38 approximately 15 miles east of Evarts at Holmes Mill. Abner said one of Juarez’s tires dropped off the roadway and he overcorrected, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. The Nissan traveled 159 feet across the road and over an embankment, striking a tree.
The Harlan County Rescue Squad was dispatched to the scene to assist in removing Juarez from the wreckage.
Abner said the crash occurred at 4 a.m., and Juarez was not wearing a seat belt.
Abner was assisted at the scene by KSP trooper Rob Farley and the LifeCare Ambulance Service.
Juarez was pronounced dead at the scene by Harlan County Coroner Philip Bianchi. The cause of death was blunt force trauma, Bianchi said.
It has been a deadly past couple of months on the highways in Harlan County. The fatality Saturday marks the six person that has died from injuries in crashes, all under the age of 24. The first crash claimed the life of Colin Bare, 12, who was operating an ATV and collided with a truck at Putney on May 23. The second fatality occurred on May 24 when Robert L. Simon III, 15, was struck by a train at Baxter, while on a bicycle. The third crash occurred on June 9 when Brianna Perkins, 21, collided with a coal truck at Putney.
The fourth crash on June 20 at Elcomb claimed the life of Elizabeth Stewart, 21, and her unborn son, Jayden James Stewart, when George Clem, 41, crossed the center line and struck her vehicle head-on. Kentucky State Police trooper Bryan Johnson said he is awaiting the toxicology reports from the Kentucky State Police Southeastern Regional Lab in London to continue his investigation.