Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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August 21, 2013

BREAKING: Murder charged in fatal Carter crash

Alcohol cited as factor in head-on collision

OLIVE HILL — A Carter County man has been charged with murder in connection with a fatal traffic accident Tuesday near Olive Hill.

Authorities say Ricky D. Flannery, 49, was driving impaired when his pickup truck collided head-on with another pickup driven by Allen Ray Tabor, 54, of Olive Hill.

The accident occurred about  2 p.m. on Ky. 174, about a half-mile from its junction with U.S. 60, Carter County Sheriff Casey Brammell said. Flannery was traveling eastbound when his vehicle crossed the center line in a curve and struck Tabor’s westbound pickup.

Flannery’s vehicle burst into flames and was engulfed when the Olive Hill Fire Department arrived at the scene. Tabor was trapped inside his vehicle and emergency workers were unable to free him before he succumbed to his injuries.

Tabor was pronounced dead at the scene by Carter County Deputy Coroner Ronnie Wallace. Flannery was taken to St. Claire Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries suffered in the accident, then lodged in the Carter County Detention Center Tuesday evening. In addition to murder, he is charged with second-offense driving under the influence, according to the jail’s website.

 A blood-alcohol test also was performed on Flannery at the hospital. Brammel said this morning that results were pending.

The accident closed down Ky. 174 for approximately seven hours while police reconstructed the crash.

The accident remains under investigation, Brammell said.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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