2017-08-02 / Front Page

Visitation at school Friday for victim of Ermine wreck; funeral to be held Sunday


BREANNA KHRIS HALL BREANNA KHRIS HALL Visitation will be held Friday at West Whitesburg Elementary School and funeral services will be held Sunday in Pike County for eightyear old Breanna Khris Hall, who was killed in a three-vehicle crash at Ermine on July 27.

Breanna’s 14-year old sister, four-year-old brother and their mother were seriously injured in the collision.

The accident occurred about 12:40 p.m. last Thursday, about the time a heavy rain hit the area. According to Kentucky State Police, the Hall family’s 2015 Chevrolet passenger car was stopped in the northbound lane of U.S. 119 North, waiting to turn left into Golden Apple fruit market, when it was struck in the rear by a full-size Dodge Ram pickup driven by Ray Bowen, 68, of Thornton. The impact knocked the car into the path of an oncoming Peterbilt tractor-trailer driven by Gary Miniard, 58, of Hazard.

KSP Trooper Scott Caudill said it appeared that Bowen, the driver of the pickup, had tried to stop, then veered off the road to miss the car, but still clipped the right rear corner, pushing the car across the road. Caudill said driver impairment is not suspected and that no charges are expected to be filed. Police said weather and road conditions contributed to the collision. Neither Bowen nor Miniard were seriously injured, police said.

Breanna Hall died at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital emergency room. Her sister, Makayla Rhea Venters was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., with critical injuries. Their mother, Katie Hall, 35, and the four-year-old, Ian Jaxson Hall, were taken to Pikeville Medical Center.

Medical helicopters were grounded due to the weather, and the injured had to be transported by ground ambulance.

Traffic was backed up to Pine Mountain Junction and to Hwy. 1862 until 8:30 p.m. while troopers reconstructed the crash.

Breanna Hall was born January 1, 2009, in Pike County, a daughter of Nicholas Adam Hall and Katie Adams Hall of Whitesburg. She attended West Whitesburg

Elementary and John M. Stumbo Elementary, and was a member of the dance team.

In addition to her parents and the brother and sister who were injured in the crash, she is survived by another sister, Katelyn Danielle Ison of Whitesburg; maternal grandparents, Dwight and Pamela Slaven Adams of Craft’s Colly; and paternal grandparents, George and Mary Carroll Hall.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at West Whitesburg Elementary School, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Nelson and Frazier Funeral Home at Martin.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Sunday, August 6, at Nelson and Frazier.

Burial will be in the Nathan Carroll Cemetery at Branhams Creek, Grethel, in Pike County.

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