Whitesburg KY

Payne Gap wreck victim was talented musician

Funeral services for a Wilmore man killed in a car crash at Payne Gap were held May 21 at Polly & Craft Funeral Home in Jenkins.

Joshua Craig Carter, 32, was buried in the Carter family cemetery at Bill Moore Branch.

Carter died at the scene after the collision about 9:30 p.m., May 16, on US 119 North, about three miles south of Jenkins.

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.

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 Bill Moore Branch. 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.

Carter was a son of Craig Carter of Bill Moore Branch and Nashella Brown Carter of Norfolk, Va.

He was a talented musician, and he and his brother had played in rock bands.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Andrea Yazell of Wilmore; a daughter, Annabelle Yazell of Wilmore; a sister, Samantha Carter of Concord, N.C.; and a brother, Matthew Carter of Bill Moore Branch.

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