By Dennis Brown
The Lewis County Sheriff's Department is investigating several accidents last week which resulted in one fatality and numerous injuries.
Sheriff Bill Lewis said he was called out to the scene of a single vehicle accident about 6:00 a.m. Friday.
Lewis said a 2004 Toyota Camry, operated by Cecil Staggs, 54, of Vanceburg, was traveling west on the AA Highway near Tollesboro when the vehicle left the roadway, struck the right guardrail, traveled back across the road, struck the left guardrail, traveled another 106 feet and again struck the right guardrail, coming to rest in the westbound emergency lane.
Stags was pronounced dead at the scene by Lewis County Coroner Tony Gaydos. Gaydos said Staggs suffered a "major coronary event" according to a medical examiner who performed an autopsy the next day in Northern Kentucky.
Gaydos said the death will be attributed to the heart attack, adding that the injuries sustained in the accident would not have been life threatening.
Deputy Joe Paul Gilbert is investigating an accident Thursday evening, which sent a Tollesboro resident to a Lexington hospital.
Gilbert said the accident happened on Ky. Rt. 57 when a 1996 Toyota Avalon, operated by Heather Williamson, 25, of Tollesboro, was traveling north on the roadway.
Gilbert said Williamson apparently swerved to avoid a truck that was turning off the roadway onto a private drive.
He said the Williamson vehicle struck the rear tires of a 1992 Kenworth truck operated by David Applegate, 36, of Tollesboro, which was sitting in the southbound lane and waiting to turn into a driveway.
Gilbert said Williamson was airlifted to a Lexington hospital for treatment.
Deputy Johnnie Bivens is investigating a two-vehicle accident Thursday on Montgomery Road near Garrison.
He said a 1994 Chevrolet Corsica, operated by Dorothy Harlow, 31, of Garrison, was traveling south on the roadway when she apparently crossed to center line and struck a 1990 Ford Bronco operated by Daniel Bloomfield, 29, of Garrison.
Bivens said the Bloomfield vehicle left the left side of the road and struck a tree, then traveled across the road and came to rest against an embankment.
He said both vehicles sustained extensive damage. He added that Bloomfield was treated at a Portsmouth, Ohio, hospital. Harlow and three minor children in her vehicle were not injured.