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Funeral set for wreck victim



Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday (today) for a Letcher County man killed in a head-on collision Monday near the Knott/Perry County line.

Kentucky State Police said Terry L. Lucas, 48, was driving a red Pontiac car north on Highway 15 around 5 a.m. on Aug. 2 when his vehicle crossed the centerline, colliding head-on with a grey 2005 Ford truck being operated by Brandon Howard, of Chavies in Perry County.

Police said the truck rolled and caught on fire. Howard, who was wearing a seat belt, was removed from the burning vehicle by a passing motorist and was transported to the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital emergency room by ambulance. Howard was treated and released.

Lucas, of the Pistol City community near Sandlick Gap, was pronounced dead at the scene by Knott County Coroner Jeff Blair. Police said Lucas was not wearing a seat belt. Trooper Derek Hall has charge of the accident reconstruction. No criminal charges were expectecd to be filed.

Funeral services for Lucas are today at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Lucas family cemetery.

Lucas is survived by his father, Millard Lucas of Pistol City; his mother, Jackie Shepherd of Whitco; three daughters, Chelsie Lucas of Knoxville, Dixie Blackburn of Pikeville and Lindsay Lucas of Collie; a son, Justin Lucas of Pistol City; and two sisters, Nina Dzierzek of Isom and Tammie Kaye Cook of Little Dry Fork.


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