Identity released of good Samaritan killed while trying to help | News
MUHLENBERG CO., KY (WFIE)- The Kentucky State Police investigated a fatal accident that occurred on US 431 in Muhlenberg County.
Officials say the preliminary investigation revealed that Nathan Shemwell, age 29 of Greenville, KY, was operating a 2004 Chevrolet Impala southbound on US 431 when his vehicle exited the right shoulder of the roadway.
Charles Ragland, age 70 of Bethpage, TN, was operating a 1997 Toyota pickup truck northbound on US 431.
Officials say Charles and his brother, David Ragland, age 65 of Murfreesboro, TN, stopped to help Shemwell.
David Ragland exited the vehicle.
Jesse Banks, age 59 of Russellville, KY, was operating a 2000 GMC dump truck southbound on US 431.
As David Ragland was standing in the roadway, Banks exited a curve and applied his brakes. Authorities say Banks lost control of the vehicle on the wet roadway. The dump truck struck David Ragland and the Toyota pickup truck.
The Muhlenberg County Coroner's Office pronounced David Ragland dead at the scene.
Charles Ragland, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported by ambulance to the Muhlenberg Community Hospital where he was treated and released.
Banks and Shemwell were not injured and both were wearing seatbelts.
KSP says they are continuing the investigation.
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