UPDATED - Fatal accident
Aug 16, 2011 | 9421 views | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo courtesy of The Paducah Sun
Photo courtesy of The Paducah Sun
Updated - As the investigation continues on the fatality on US Hwy 68 W in the Sharpe community charges were taken on the Pittman subject. Deputy Cory Curtner was notified that the subject had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage upon her. Further tests shown that Ms. Pittman was under the influence of alcohol and was charged with Operation a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence under 21 YOA. Deputy Nathan Maxlow was also on the scene and pursued other charges on the subject. Neither driver nor passenger was wearing their seatbelts and Ms. Pittman only had an instructional permit and the passengers' license was suspended at the time of the collision. Ms. Pittman was charged with Murder, Assault 1st Degree, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure to Wear Seat Belts and Instructional Permit Violations. After being released from the Emergency Room Ms. Pittman was taken into custody and lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center.

Benton resident, Jimmy Harper, 45, was killed in a two car accident in Sharpe on Monday night. Harper is well known in Marshall County as a longtime referee for high school basketball and softball. Two others were injured in the crash on HWY 68 in Marshall County. Police say Tiffany Pittman, 18, of Paducah, was traveling west on US 68 near Pioneer Lane. Pittman apparently lost control of her vehicle while traveling west-bound and veered into the east-bound lane of traffic and struck Harper head on. Harper died at the scene from his injuries sustained in the collision. Pittman and her passenger, Holly Hiett, 20, were transported by the EMS to Lourdes Hospital in Paducah for treatment of injuries sustained in the collision. Harper was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision, Pittman and Hiett were not. An investigation is continuing into the cause of the accident by Marshall Co. Sheriff's Deputies Mark Balentine and Nathan Maxlow. US HWY 68 was closed for approximately 2 1/2 hours because of the collision. The Marshall Co. Sheriff's office was assisted at the scene by the possum Trot-Sharpe Fire Department, the Palma-Briensburg Fire Department and the Marshall Co. Coroner's Office.
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