Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Tractor trailer collides with local driver on I-75

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Around 7:30 a.m. November 23, 2016, Det. John Hill responded to northbound I-75 near the 16 mile point, where a tractor trailer collided with a sedan. Upon arrival, Det. Hill found a female driver and six-month-old still inside the Pontiac sedan, but neither were entrapped. The driver, Alexandria Williams, 26, of Williamsburg, reported pain in several locations, but neither she nor the infant showed external signs of injury. At the time of the wreck, the infant was properly secured in a child restraint seat, and the driver was wearing her seatbelt. Both were transported by Whitley County EMS to Baptist Health Corbin.

The driver of the 2016 Kenworth truck did not show signs of injury and declined ambulance transport. He stated that he did not feel the collision and was unaware that a collision had occurred until his truck entered the median.

Witnesses told Det. Hill that the sedan was traveling North in the left lane. While passing the tractor trailer, the truck merged from the slow lane into the lane occupied by the sedan. The sedan was sandwiched between the truck and a small bridge wall.

Drug or alcohol involvement is not suspected. Det. Hill was assisted at the scene by Deputy Cody Harrell, Kentucky State Police Trooper Duane Foley, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer M. Scott and members of the Goldbug Volunteer Fire Department.

Fatal Collision on Hwy 904

On 03-18-2016 deputies responded to collision and vehicle fire on Hwy 904 in Siler, KY. The collision occurred on the far east side of Hwy 904 approximately 1 mile from Hwy 92E. First on scene was a firefighter from Patterson Creek Fire Dept who radioed in the collision reporting it was on fire. After the fire was controlled before deputies arrived on scene, firefighters noticed a body inside the vehicle. The vehicle was traveling west on Hwy 904 towards Gatliff Mountain from Hwy 92E. It appeared as if the vehicle merged off the right side of the roadway. After the vehicle left the roadway it struck a tree head on. The vehicle then caught fire in the front end area. No evidence of loss of control or braking was located at the scene. The seat belt was not in use. Some empty alcoholic beverage containers was observed in the center console, passenger side front floor, and the front passenger seat. Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in the collision. The only occupant, the driver, was Sharon Mills from Ingram, KY which is located on Hwy 92 outside of Pineville, KY. Mills was deceased upon arrival at the scene. Mills was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu.

Sharon F. Mills 9370 Hwy 92 Ingram, KY 40955 DOB: 08-12-1961. Ongoing investigation carried by John Hill. Assisted by Tim Baker, Kirk Mays, Andy Croley, and Patterson Creek Fire Dept.



Vehicle stolen from Whitley Co. business recovered in Georgia

On February 18, 2016, Deputy John Hill began investigating the report of a company vehicle stolen from Edgewood Mobile Homes. Several days later, Dep. Hill received information of the truck’s possible whereabouts from Kentucky State Police Trooper David Lassiter.
According to the tip, the vehicle could be found in Georgia and was stolen by Hobert Elswick, 43, of Emlyn Cemetery Road. Information obtained during the investigation revealed that Elswick may have been arrested in Fulton County, Georgia for shoplifting.
Dep. Hill contacted Georgia authorities, and located outside the business from which Elswick was accused of shoplifting, Fulton County officers located the stolen vehicle.
On March 8, 2016, a warrant for Elwick’s arrest was obtained. The next day, he was arrested at an R.D. Rains Road residence in Williamsburg.
Elswick, a former employee of Edgewood Mobile Homes, is charged with theft by unlawful taking of a vehicle and also theft of vehicle parts by unlawful taking.