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Friends, teachers say wreck victim was good student and tough athlete

A former Letcher County Central High School football player died from injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle wreck on July 23.

Benjamin P. Fisher, 21, of Whitesburg, was pronounced dead at 7 p.m. on July 24 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.

Fisher was operating a 1999 Pontiac passenger car at 12:32 a.m. on July 23 when he ran off the roadway, overcorrected and lost control of his vehicle, said Kentucky State Police. Fisher then crossed the centerline and collided with a 2003 Chevrolet street sweeper truck operated by Robert J. Beaver II of Mallie in Knott County, police said.

The collision happened at Isom near the intersection of Highway 15 and Ky. 1148.

Fisher, the son of Bobby and Margaret Fisher, was transported by Letcher Ambulance Service to the Whitesburg hospital before being transferred to Holston Valley.

Beaver was taken to Whitesburg ARH and later transferred to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington.

Police say Fisher was not wearing a seat belt and may have been using alcohol before the collision. KSP Trooper Brandon Thomas has charge of accident reconstruction and the investigation.

Everidge Funeral Home has charge of funeral arrangements, which were not available at press time.

Fisher, who was also a member of the Letcher Central wrestling team, was graduated in 2008. Kim Sergent, a history teacher at LCCHS, said Fisher was a brilliant student who enjoyed reading, history and debating politics and other topics.

“He could talk about anything with anybody,” said Sergent. “He was much older in his years in that respect. He did not brag about being intelligent. He would let you naturally discover that.”

Dakota Brock, a former teammate and best friend, said Fisher was one of the most intelligent people he knew.

“He was a strong believer in what he stood for,” said Brock. “And no matter what he did, he gave it 100 percent and wouldn’t settle for second. That is a characteristic trait not many have and it was well within him.”

Brock said Fisher was very popular during his high school years and worked extremely hard on the football field.

“He was a phenomenal athlete,” he said. “He played the game mentally before he did physically.”

Larry Maggard, a former LCCHS assistant football coach, said Fisher was committed to winning and trying his best.

“He was one of those guys who went out 100 percent on the field,” said Maggard. “He never quit. He was very reliable. There was no such thing as half speed. When he left that field we knew he gave his all.”

“And he was a great teammate,” said Brock. “You couldn’t find a better one. Whether he was blocking, tackling or running the ball, he was a role model on the field, a leader, and most of all he was my best friend. He was understanding, caring, and motivated.”

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