A Nicholasville man is dead after an SUV crossed the centerline and struck a pickup in which he was riding head-on at Payne Gap.
Joshua Craig Carter, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene after the collision Wednesday night on US 119 North, about three miles south of Jenkins near Bentley Loop.
It is the third fatality in two weeks on that stretch of highway. Two women died as a result of an earlier collision in the same area.
Carter died about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. According to Kentucky State Police, Shelly I. Damron, 36 of Ashcamp in Pike County was traveling toward Whitesburg in a 2011 Ford Expedition when her vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a 1993 Ford F150 pickup truck driven by Craig D. Carter, 56, of Whitesburg. Craig Carter was the father of Joshua Carter, who was a passenger in the pickup.
The elder Carter and Damron were treated and released at the Whitesburg ARH Hospital emergency room.
Police have not determined what caused Damron to cross into oncoming traffic. Toxicology results from blood samples given by both drivers, which are routinely obtained in fatal collision investigations, are pending. Detective Brandon Thomas with KSP Post 13 in Hazard is heading the investigation.