A Virginia woman killed in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 64 in Carter County Tuesday was one of 14 who died on Kentucky’s roadways over the Independence Day holiday period.

Shaheena Khatoon of Bluefield, Va., died of injuries she suffered when she was ejected from the car in which she was riding, Carter County Coroner George Sparks said.

The accident occurred about 3:45 p.m. in the westbound lanes of I-64, just west of the Northeast Kentucky Regional Parkway interchange. According to Sparks, the vehicle apparently went off the edge of the road near a construction zone, and the driver over-corrected, causing it to overturn several times.

Khatoon, whose age wasn’t immediately available, was a passenger in the back seat of the car. She was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

Sparks said Khatoon’s son, whose name he didn’t know, was flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center by HealthNet.

Deputy Shannon Blevins, who investigated the accident for the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Khatoon’s death was the only traffic fatality in northeastern Kentucky during the holiday period, which ran from 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Tuesday.

According to Kentucky State Police, three single-fatality accidents occurred in Jefferson County. Two single-fatality mishaps — one of which involved a pedestrian — occurred in Kenton County. The other fatalities were in Caldwell, Clinton, Fayette, Graves, Madison, Montgomery, Oldham and Pike counties.

Preliminary data indicates that alcohol was a factor in three of the 14 accidents, the KSP said. Twelve of the incidents involved motor vehicles and two involved motorcycles. Seven of the motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts and one of the motorcycle victims was not wearing a helmet.

Nine were killed during last year’s three-day July 4 weekend, the KSP said.

As of Wednesday, 450 had been killed on Kentucky roadways in 2006, 27 fewer than during the same period last year.

The KSP stressed that the death toll from this past holiday weekend could increase as reports continue to trickle in from local agencies.

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


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