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Wreck kills one driver, leaves the other in critical condition



Funeral services were held June 29 for a 25-yearold Cornettsville man killed in a two-vehicle collision at Redstar.

A Whitesburg man was in critical condition after the collision last Wednesday evening, about four miles south of Blackey.

Nathan Tyler Cole died about 6 p. m., June 26, when his Mercury Marquis crossed the centerline on the two-lane highway and struck a pickup truck driven by Mark David Holbrook head-on, Kentucky State Police in Hazard said.

Police said Cole was driving south toward the Perry County line, and Holbrook, 52, of Whitesburg, was driving north toward Blackey.

Cole died at the scene of the accident. Holbrook was airlifted to Pikeville Medical Center and then transferred to the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Medical Center in critical condition.

An autopsy was not performed, but blood samples were collected from both drivers for toxicology tests. Results are pending.

Cole was a son of Linda Smith Cole of Cornettsville and the late Dan Cole.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his fiancée, Courtney Akemon; two sons, Mason Tyler Cole and Christopher Isaiah Cole, both of home; his grandfather, Larry Reams; three aunts, Jackie Holbrook, Car- olyn Navarro, and Marilyn Virus; a nephew, Clayton Akemon; a niece, Elijah Cole; and cousins, Pernett Gregory, Keith Bunch, Randy Bunch, Sharon Pitcher, Heather Stidham, Sierra Stidham, Tammy Miller, McKenzie Gwinn, and Damian Cole.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Christopher Cole and Daniel Cole; a sister, Kim Adams; and his grandmother, Lonnie Reams.

Funeral services were held June 29 at Cedar Grove Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial was in the Hiram Campbell Cemetery at Cornettsville.

Letcher Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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