Child Killed in Cumberland County Crash

An accident in Cumberland County leaves a child dead.

It happened Wednesday morning three miles west of Burkesville on KY 90.

Megan Crafton, 24, of Burkesville, attempted to slow down for stopped traffic at a stop sign when she lost control of her vehicle, entered the other lane of traffic, and was hit by a truck driven by James B. Kerr, 27.

Crafton was not wearing a seat belt and was treated and released from the hospital.

Crafton's passenger, Gracie Hurt, 6, was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Kerr was belted at the time of the collision and was not injured.

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  • by Anonymous Location: lhc on Sep 11, 2011 at 01:28 AM
    No, I don't. We also put two self-adhesive mirrors on the sun visors that could be easily adjusted to allow the driver to more easily monitor when our children did try to unbuckle. All thry had to do was look up front to see our eyes watching them. We may not 'know all the facts', but the two facts we DO know is that a young child is dead and that she was not restrained properly. Had it been me driving with my young daughter and we were involved in an accident that killed my daughter, I'd expect people to speculate. It is human nature.
  • by Jessica Location: Burkesville, Ky/ Clarksville, IN on Sep 11, 2011 at 12:19 AM
    Thats right EVERYONE even the NEWs station NEEDS to get their facts strait! I know for a 100% fact that Gracie WAS in her seatbealt as well as her mother Megan. I'v known Megan my whole life and theirs NEVER been a time when Gracie wasnt in a seatbelt. Her mother would NEVER even pull out with out making sure she was in her seatbelt. so like i said before ya'll start saying things like that. ya'll need to consider the family and what their going threw. and Even WBKO needs to restate that. cause like i said they BOTH were in a seatbelt that day! like i said. i just wish people would get ya'lls facts strait. ya'll make her out like she did it on purpose... do you have any ideal what she's even going threw? i guess not. ya'll people make me so sick.
  • by Kevin Location: lhc on Sep 10, 2011 at 03:14 PM
    Laminda, with all due respect, having kept two very active children buckled up, both while in their car seats and sitting alone on the car seat, I know it can be done. Yes, the outcome will affect this mother for years to come - as it should. Had this happened to any other responsible parent, I would expect them to be affected for years as well. However, had I been the driver, two inside mirrors (which I added for $10) would have been aimed back toward my children so that I keep a watchful eye on them. "Trust but verify" is a must for ANY driver on todays roads. My heart goes out to this mother, Laminda, don't make excuses for her. And certainly do NOT tell me how I must feel about her following her loss.
  • by ROBIN Location: umberland co. on Sep 9, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    My heart goes out to little Gracies family...Accidents happen,so until you walk a mile in there shoes-keep your ugly comments to yourself.....this will be with Megan the rest of her life!
  • by Concerned Location: Butler Co on Sep 8, 2011 at 09:40 AM
    If an adult chooses to not wear a seatbelt n risk their life - so be it.... But I agree with the comment above. Us parents and adults have responsibilities and one if them is making sure kids are buckled up. This lady should be tried for manslaughter. She just caused an innocent young life. How can anyone as a parent not take 4 seconds to buckle a child? Laziness!
  • by Laminda Location: Narrows ky on Sep 8, 2011 at 08:53 AM
    we do not know the whole story. It is hard to keep a child at that age in a seatbelt. You have to always be checking to make sure their seat belt is on right. They are curious and want to see whats going on. so before we pass judgement maybe we should consider all the facts. She has lost her only Child that is enough punishment. Noone is perfect we have all done things that we may have done diffrent if we only knew.God bless this Family.......
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      by Kevin on Sep 9, 2011 at 05:21 PM in reply to Laminda
      A booster seat works well for 2 - 3 year old children. Far easier to get a good snug fit on a booster seat than a conventional infant car seat.
  • by Barren co guy Location: Ky on Sep 7, 2011 at 10:15 PM
    The state trys and trys to educate people on seat belts. Man slaughter charges should be made aware of on a case like this.
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      by Cumber on Sep 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM in reply to Barren co guy
      I understand what you're saying, but she probably would have died in the accident anyway getting hit on the side like that.
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        by Laminda on Sep 9, 2011 at 09:11 AM in reply to Cumber
        I agree 100%. there is not 1 parent whos children havent got out of their Seatbelt and got something off the floor or for whatever reason. THE Mom needs are sympathy not pass judgement upon her. I honestly think we need better seatbelts for children under 13. I am just saying.
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      by Laminda on Sep 8, 2011 at 02:50 PM in reply to Barren co guy
      I am sure that anyone with Children know how hard it is to keep a child the age of Gracie in a Car Seat, They sometimes are in the car seat wrong because the seat belts rub or choke them. Therefore I feel you dont know the whole story therefore your rush to judgement is not appreciated, I think Her Mom will have a hard enough time knowing what has happened . God Bless this Family. and Please Pray for them.
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        by Kevin on Sep 9, 2011 at 05:49 PM in reply to Laminda
        With all due respect, Laminda, there has been no "... rush to judgement". The comments I see in this thread are simply stating the obvious The 'whole story' is that Gracie was not in a booster seat appropriate for the child. Children can get mighty squirelly while in the car seat. And again, with all due respect, the drive has a duty to ensure set restaints are properly in place. There are times when it would be less fuss for the child, but that is overruled by law requiring the use of safety restaints when children are in the car. As you said, this crash will be with her for a long time and I can only hope that she will be able to accept help when it is needed and will not try to keep the grief locked away. Sh is fortunate to have a family to aid her when she is ready to accept the help. Her pain will diminish as time passes. Please accept my sympathy for you and your families.
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