According to a Kentucky State Police accident report, Donna Hampton, 46, of 1506 Cerulean Rd., was the passenger in a car traveling southbound on KY 139 at 8:16 a.m.. The report says the car in which Hampton was riding hit her dog in front of the Paradise Mobile Home Park, at 5628 Princeton Road.
Hampton exited the car to check on the dog, which was resting on the south side of a hill on KY 139. A Federal Materials concrete truck traveling northbound, driven by 21-year-old Tyler Beavers of Fredonia, crested the hill and observed Hampton in the middle of the road.
According to Marc Terrell, of Liberty Mutual Insurance (of whom Federated Materials is a client), Beavers slowed down as much as he could, honked his horn and swerved into the southbound lane to avoid Hampton.
According to the accident report, Hampton darted into the northbound lane as Beavers was swerving into it. Responders to the scene said Hampton, whose position on the hill allowed neither herself nor Beavers much time to react, was decapitated, dying instantly.
Terrell said Beavers, whose truck was top-heavy with a full load of concrete, did all he could to avoid the accident. At the point of impact, the road runs along a steep 10-foot embankment.
Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officials rerouted traffic around the accident at several points of KY 139 for more than three hours as Trooper Bob Winters and accident reconstructionist Trooper Tim Sales conducted their investigation.
In addition to the Kentucky State Police, other agencies responding to the scene included the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office and the Trigg County EMS.