December 18, 2013
HAZARD—A routine traffic stop in Perry County Tuesday night turned into a fatal single-vehicle accident.
Kentucky State Police were patrolling KY Hwy. 80 in Hazard, just before the traffic light at East Perry Elementary, when they observed a 1997 Plymouth Breeze speeding in the eastbound lane.
“As troopers turned in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop, the car crossed the westbound land (sic), went onto the shoulder of the roadway, and struck a rock cliff,” Trooper Jody Sims said in a press release Wednesday.
The car flipped and came to rest on the highway, leaving the driver, 29-year-old Ryan Cress, of Jeff, and passenger, 31-year-old Deborah Ann Cress, of Vicco, with serious injuries. Both were sent to Hazard ARH for treatment where Deborah Ann Cress was pronounced dead.
Ryan Cress was later transported to Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tenn., where he is currently listed in stable condition.
No other vehicles or passengers were involved, and no other injuries have been reported.
No seatbelts were in use in the incident and toxicology reports are pending, according to the press release.