On Friday April 14, 2017, Deputy Jonas Saunders responded to Hwy 1064 after a motorcycle struck an SUV, resulting in the SUV driving into a ditch and the motorcycle operator being ejected.
The motorcycle operator, Herschell S. Sullivan, 26, was not wearing a helmet. Whitley County EMS transported Sullivan to a landing zone in the Woodbine community, from where he was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. As of 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15, UT’s medical center considered him to be in critical but stable condition. Nobody in the SUV reported any injuries as a result of the collision.
The wreck reportedly occurred when Sullivan attempted to pass another vehicle and struck the SUV head-on. He will be cited for traffic violations, and additional charges may be filed.
Dep. Saunders is continuing the investigation. He was assisted at the scene by Dep. Joe Prewitt, Kentucky State Police Trooper Aaron Peace and the Woodbine Volunteer Fire Department.