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Man dies in bike-ATV mishap

Funeral services will be held Wednesday (today) for a Thornton man who died in an unusual motorcycle accident on Saturday evening.

Ronnie Lee Wells, 21, was operating a dirt bike on a one-lane, dirt and gravel road near Deane around 6 p.m. He was going around a curve on an unmarked, old mining road and hit a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle (ATV) head on, according to Kentucky State Police Det. Randy Combs.

Combs said trees and bushes obstructed views for people traveling both directions on the road.

The motorcycle hit the left front corner of the ATV and Wells was ejected from the bike, said Combs.

Letcher County Coroner Mary Baker ruled head trauma as the cause of death.

Stephen Neace and Corey Marcum, both of Lexington, were riding on the ATV and were not injured.

The funeral will be held at noon today at the Lighthouse Church at Camp Branch. Burial will follow in the family cemetery at Deane.

Surviving are Wells’s parents, Ronnie Wells of Thornton and Addie Sandlin Wells of Campbranch: two brothers, Billy Wells of Jenkins and Scott Kiser of Campbranch; two sisters, Jessica Wells Hall of Sandlick and Stacy Wells Lucas of Mayking; stepfather, Scott Kiser; stepmother, Darlene Wells; maternal grandmother, Patricia Jent; paternal grandmother, Hannah Wells; two nieces and four nephews.

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