A correctional officer and National Guard soldier who had recently returned from deployment was killed Friday evening in Lyon County in a three-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle.
According to Kentucky State Police, Jeffery H. Barrett, 27, of Benton died from injuries sustained when his 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle crashed into a passenger car in Eddyville. The other vehicle, a 2015 Toyota Corolla, was driven by Mark Austin Driver, 27, of Eddyville, according to Lyon County Sheriff Brent White.
Authorities said Driver was southbound on Ky. 93, attempting to make a left turn onto Ky. 3305 when he pulled into the path of Barrett, who was northbound on the highway. Barrett was unable to avoid the collision and crashed into the Corolla, spinning the vehicle into a pickup stopped at the intersection.
White said the driver of the truck, Jeremiah “J.P.” Wallace, 35, of Eddyville tried to render aid to Barrett. However, the man’s injuries were so severe, he could not be revived. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lyon County Coroner’s office.
According to the sheriff, Barrett had just gotten off work from Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville at the time of the wreck. He had recently been promoted to sergeant at the prison, White said, after returning last month from a National Guard deployment.
The deadly collision shut down Ky. 93 for 4 hours.
Neither Driver nor his passengers were injured.
Eddyville Police Department and Lyon County EMS also assisted at the scene.