By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The county’s fourth fatal vehicle accident in as many months leaves an East Bernstadt family without a husband and father.
Chad Purvis, 34, of Mt. Zion Road in East Bernstadt, was pronounced dead at Saint Joseph London after he crashed into a tree along Ky. 490. The crash occurred just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday, 10 miles north of London.
According to a press release from the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, Purvis was traveling north on Ky. 490 when he lost control of his Chevrolet Suburban in a curve, ran off the west shoulder of the road and hit a tree. The impact pinned Purvis inside the vehicle and he had to be removed by members of the London-Laurel County Rescue Squad. He was taken to Saint Joseph London, where he was later pronounced dead.
Deputy Mike Ashurst and Deputy Shawn Boroviak investigated the accident. They were assisted at the scene by members of the Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department and the London-Laurel Rescue Squad, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, EMS, Laurel County Coroner’s Office and Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason McCowan.
This is the fourth victim of a traffic fatality in 2013. Previous fatalities occurred in January, February and March.