Separate wrecks kill 2

An Illinois woman suffered minor injury Tuesday night during a one-vehicle crash on Ky. 534 south of Symsonia. However, during a four-hour period that night, two Graves County residents lost their lives in separate crashes.

Photo courtesy of the Graves County Sheriff's Office

Two Graves County residents were killed and an Illinois woman suffered injury in three separate wrecks in a four-hour period late Tuesday.

A Mayfield man died around 8 p.m. on Ky. 339 when he apparently lost control of his vehicle and overturned near Sedalia. Kentucky State Police Master Trooper Jay Thomas, public information officer for Post 1, said emergency 911 dispatch received a call of a single vehicle collision.

A preliminary investigation determined that James R. Adkins, 23, was traveling west driving a 1991 Honda Accord. For an unknown reason, Adkins ran off the road and overturned. He was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Graves County Coroner's Office.

Trooper Justin Rundles is continuing an investigation of the incident, and anyone with information concerning the crash is asked to call the post at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.

Mayfield/Graves County EMS, the Graves County Sheriff's Office and the Sedalia Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

About a half-hour later, Graves County Sheriff Jon Hayden said Deputy Jamie Clark responded to a single vehicle wreck around 8:30 p.m. on Ky. 534 south of Symsonia.

Morgan Dunaway of Marion, Illinois, was reported driving south in a 2013 Kia when she failed to navigate a curve. Dunaway told deputies that she tried to steer the vehicle back onto the road but dropped off a shoulder, causing the vehicle to spin around. The vehicle came to a rest on its top in a ditch.

Hayden said Dunaway climbed from the car on her own as Mayfield/Graves County EMS arrived. She was treated on the scene for minor injuries, according to the report. The Symsonia Volunteer Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

About three hours later, Hayden said, a Fancy Farm man was killed in a one-vehicle crash on Ky. 339.

Clark responded to a report of a collision shortly before midnight. A 2002 Kia was found at the south end of the bridge approach after it had hit the bridge rail head-on.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Francis Lee, no age provided, was found unresponsive and was transported to Jackson Purchase Medical Center with unknown injuries.

From the evidence at the scene, Hayden said deputies determined that Lee was traveling south when his vehicle left the right side of the road and struck the bridge railing. There was no evidence of braking, according to the report.

Lee was pronounced dead at JPMC by the coroner's office. Mayfield/ Graves County EMS and Fancy Farm Fire and Rescue assisted at the wreck scene.