Whitesburg KY

Wreck kills woman, 27; teen is critically injured

Jessica Pigg, pictured at left, was

Jessica Pigg, pictured at left, was “a sweet person” who “would help anybody,” a relative said. Mrs. Pigg died in an automobile accident in Whitesburg on Sunday.

Funeral services were scheduled today (Wednesday) for a 27-year-old Viper woman who was killed in a two-car collision in Whitesburg that also left a teen-aged girl in critical condition.

Kentucky State Police say Jessica Pigg was killed when the 1992 Chevrolet Lumina she was driving crossed the center line of KY 15 around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and collided nearly head on with a 2008 Honda Accord driven by David Marcus Wittsack, 19, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Pigg was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Deputy Letcher County Coroner Robbie Campbell.

Three passengers were riding in Pigg’s vehicle, including one who was critically injured. Elizabeth “Katie” Ross, 14, was taken by ambulance to the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., where her condition was still listed as critical early Tuesday night.

Also injured was 14-year-old Samantha “Brooke” Hatton of Whitesburg, who was released from the Whitesburg hospital on Monday after being treated for a dislocated shoulder. Barbara Lee, 59, of Thornton, remains in the Whitesburg hospital after having surgery on her spleen, said Jessica Pigg’s uncle, Denny Ray Hatton of Whitco.

Mrs. Pigg was Brooke Hatton’s cousin and Katie Ross’s aunt. Jessica Pigg and her husband, Donald Pigg, were staying with Donald Pigg’s mother, Barbara Lee, who lives in Thornton. Brooke Hatton had spent Saturday night at Lee’s residence and Jessica Pigg was taking her to Aggie Hatton’s home at Whitco when the wreck occurred. Aggie Hatton is Jessica Pigg’s grandmother.

Campbell said Wittsack, who was traveling alone, was returning to South Carolina from visiting his girlfriend who lives in Hazard. Wittsack was taken by ambulance to the Whitesburg ARH Hospital.

Family members of Jessica Pigg disagree with the finding by police that she caused the accident.

“She wasn’t on the wrong side of the road,” said Denny Ray Hatton. “… We just want to get it straight that it wasn’t her fault.”

“Jessica was a sweet person,” Hatton added. “She would help anybody. She would do anything for anybody.”

KSP Trooper Brandon Thomas is in charge of the investigation. Police said no criminal charges are expected to be filed.

The Whitesburg Police Department, Whitesburg Fire Department, Letcher and Neon ambulance services also responded to the accident.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pigg are to be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the Maces Creek Church of God in Viper. Burial is to follow in the Calvin Coots Cemetery in Viper.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Pigg is survived by her parents, Calvin and Carolyn Coots of Viper; two stepdaughters, Autumn Dorton and Jamie Pigg; a stepson, Donald Ray Pigg Jr.; two sisters, Cassie Orender of Viper and Regina Isaacs of Richmond; and a brother, T.J. Hatton of Whitesburg.

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