Johns Creek woman killed

JOHNS CREEK, Ky. – The Kentucky State Police, Pikeville Post 9, is investigating two fatalities.

One was a fatal collision in Pike County that occurred in the morning hours of June 29, 2015 on Lower Johns Creek.

The initial investigation indicates that Joy Varney, 23 years old of Lower Johns Creek, Kentucky, was driving South on Caney Creek Road in the Gulnare community, when the vehicle she was operating left the roadway and struck a tree.

Varney was transported from the scene by Transtar Ambulance Service to Pikeville Medical Center, where she was pronounced deceased. Information obtained at the scene indicates that Varney was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the collision, and alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by Detective Jason Merlo.

The second investigation involves a hit and run near Martin, Ky.

Kentucky State Police, the Pikeville Post, is seeking the public’s help in gathering information pertaining to a hit-and-run collision that occurred on Sarturday, June 18, in Floyd County.

Jeffery Turner, 52 of Martin, was discovered fatally injured, lying in the roadway of Ky. Route 80 in the community of Martin.

Investigation revealed that Turner’s injuries were a result of being struck by a vehicle that had fled from the scene. KSP Detectives from Post 9 were able to obtain surveillance footage depicting a white passenger car in the area at the time of the incident. The vehicles make and model is unknown at this time.

Kentucky State Police is asking if anyone has any information pertaining to this case, please contact the Kentucky State Police Post 9, Pikeville at (606) 433-7711 or toll free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers can remain anonymous.

(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)

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