Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 10, 2013

Portsmouth man killed in 2-vehicle collision


Associated Press

GREENUP — One man is dead after a two-vehicle collision on Sunday afternoon at the intersection of the Grant Bridge off U.S. 23.

Benjamin R. Johnston, 27, was pronounced dead at 2:05 p.m. after being transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth. The accident happened at 1:44 p.m., according to a Kentucky State Police report.

Johnston, of Portsmouth was drive a 2012 Jonway Moped and traveling south on U.S. 23 and attempting to turn left onto the bridge.

It appears Jamie Miller, 44, and also of Portsmouth, failed to stop at the red light at the intersection in his 1998 Ford Explorer and struck Johnston, according to the KSP.

Miller and a juvenile passenger were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision and received no injuries. 

Drugs usage is suspected as a factor in the collision, according to KSP.

Multiple agencies responded including Greenup County Sheriff’s Department, South Shore Fire Department, KDMC EMS and Portsmouth Police Department.

Any charges are pending completion of the investigation.