Woman killed in 2-vehicle crash in Graves County identified

A Hickory, Ky. woman was killed in crash involving fertilizer truck on Saturday, June 11.
Published: Jun. 11, 2022 at 4:49 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2022 at 8:57 AM CDT
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GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - A Hickory, Ky. woman was killed in crash involving fertilizer truck on Saturday morning, June 11.

According to the Graves County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and first responders were dispatched around 11:50 a.m. to the intersection of KY 1241 and KY 408 for the crash.

When they arrived, deputies say they learned that two individuals were northbound on KY 1241 in a Chevrolet SUV when they collided with the rear of a fertilizer truck that was also traveling in the same direction.

According to the investigation, the driver of the farm truck, 77-year-old Joe E. Cherry, had just made a right turn onto KY 1241 and was speeding up when the rear, driver’s side of his vehicle was hit.

Chief Deputy Jeremy Prince said the driver of the SUV, 26-year-old Melissa Penn of Hickory, was transported to Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky. before being flown to a Nashville, Tenn. hospital.

Penn’s passenger, Deondra T. Jackson, also of Hickory, was transported to a Paducah hospital, but she did not survive and passed away from her severe injuries.

Cherry was not injured.

Deputy Sheriff Zac Smith is going to continue the investigation into the collision.

The sheriff’s office was assisted with this investigation by the Kentucky State Police, the Mayfield Police Department, the Mayfield Fire Department, Mayfield/Graves County EMS and the Viola/North Graves Fire Department.

Chief Deputy Prince says KY 1241 at the KY 408 intersection was shut down for approximately two hours while the collision was investigated.

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