TWO-AUTO COLLISION

CLAIMS THREE LIVES

GIRL, TWO MEN

ARE KILLED

NEAR HUNTER

Warrants Charge Hall

With Manslaughter;

Released Under Bond

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Lives of three Floyd countians ,a 16-year-old girl and two men,

were claimed as the result of a head-on collision of two automobiles,

near HUnter, at 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

 

The Dead:

 

Elizabeth Ann Butler, 16, of Drift, killed at the time of the

crash.

 

Larry Faulkner, 23, of Drift, who died nine hours later at the

Methodist hospital, Pikeville.

 

Wilburn Lee Tackett, 73, of East McDowell, almost instantly killed.

State trooper Larry Hatton, who investigated the tragedy, said

Raymond Hall was driving Tackett's car, a Pontiac, in the direction of

Martin, approaching the Chevrolet driven by Faulkner on a straight

stretch of the Left Beaver Creek highway between the Hunter bridge and

the site of the old school there. He said it was indicated the Tackett

auto veered across the center-line for no apparent reason.

Three voluntary manslaughter warrants were issued for Hall, and he

was jailed here by Trooper Hatton. Hall later was released under bond.

Trooper Hatton said Hall, Tackett, Estill Newsom and Ger-

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man Stumbo apparently were occupying the front seat of Tackett's

car. He said some whiskey and beer were found in the auto after

Tackett's body was removed, abut three hours after the wreck.

The body was wedged in, between the seat and panel of the smashed

car. The auto plunged over an embankment at a culvert after colliding

with the other car, coming to rest almost on its end, and so the victim'

body could not be extricated until the auto was pulled onto the highway.

German Stumbo was injured but not seriously, and Hall and Newsome

escaped with minor hurts.

Three persons, in addition to Larry

Faulkner and Elizabeth Ann Butler occupied the other car, and two of

these were seriously hurt. Crit Butler, 15, brother of Elizabeth Ann, is

in St. Joseph hospital, Lexington, where he has been removed from the

critical list, it was learned here Wednesday. Four-year-old Brenda

Friend, daughter of the late Al Friend, and a cousin of the Butler girl,

is partially paralyzed. James Mollet, f Drift, escaped without serious

hurt.

Funeral rites for Miss Butler were conducted Wednesday afternoon

from the home at Drift of her parents, J.C. and Bessie Martin Butler, by

the Rev. John W. Conley. Burial was made in the family cemetery. Besides

her parents, she is survived by one brother, Crit, who was with her at

the time of the wreck.

Faulkner, who was graduated in 1960 from McDowell high school and

was employed as a night watchman, was a son of Mrs. Katherine Moore

Faulkner, of Drift. He leaves his mother and three sisters, Mrs. Joan

Griffie, Goshen, Ohio, Misses Mary Ann and Peggy Sue Faulkner, both of

Drift. Funeral rites were conducted from the Faulkner home Tuesday

morning, the Revs. Ross Hopkins, Hershell Huff, Mack McCloud and Jerry

Hall officiating. Burial was made in Drift cemetery.

Tackett, a retired miner, was a son of George and Elizabeth Akers

Tackett. He was twice married, first to Katie Moore and later to Rhoda

Hall. Both preceded him in death. He leaves one son, Carlos Tackett,

Kansas City, Kansas, and four daughters, Mrs. Lestie Stout, Michigan

City, Indiana, Mrs. Brookie May, Jackson, Ohio, Mrs. Blanche Porter,

Gale, Illinois, and Mrs. Bessie Hamilton, Oceana, West Virginia. His

funeral rites was conducted Monday morning from Little Rosa Baptist

Church at East McDowell by the Rev. Harry Moore. Burial was made in the

Lucy Hall cemetery at McDowell.

Funerals of all three victims were under the direction of the Hall

Brothers Funeral Home.

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