Whitesburg KY

Funeral set for victim of bypass wreck

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) for a Kingscreek man who died Saturday afternoon from injuries sustained in a twovehicle wreck on the Whitesburg bypass.

Thirty-six-year-old construction worker Shawn Emerson Roark died about 2:30 p.m. on July 27 after he was thrown from the 1993 Toyota pickup truck he was driving. Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker pronounced Roark dead at the scene. The cause of death is listed as head trauma.

A woman riding with Roark, Dorothy Hall Gibson of Premium, was also thrown from the pickup. She was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., where she is listed in critical condition.

Kentucky State Police Det. Randy Combs said the Toyota pickup truck heading south on KY 15 collided with a 2012 GMC pickup truck, which was traveling north on KY 15. A side collision caused the Toyota to overturn, said Combs.

The driver of the GMC pickup truck was identified as Kelvin Eric Sexton, 30, of Whitesburg. Sexton was uninjured.

A portion of the Whitesburg bypass stretching from the old Whitesburg High School to the Earnest Cook Memorial Park remained closed early Saturday night while state police continued their investigation of the wreck.

Sources told The Mountain Eagle the investigation of the accident is complex and may result in criminal charges being filed.

Combs and KSP Trooper Michael Burton are still investigating.

Funeral services for Roark will be held at 1 p.m. today at Kingscreek Community Church. Burial will follow in the Roark family cemetery.

A son of the late Carl Lee and Betty Ann Miles Roark, he is survived by two brothers, Nolan Roark and his wife Brenda of Linefork and Anthony Roark of Milan, Ind.; a sister, Tessa Whitaker and her husband Denver of Cowan; two nephews, Norman and Tanner; and a niece, Nikisha.

Roark was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Roark.

Letcher Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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