Pedestrian killed in Pine Knot crash identified


Editor's Note — This is an update to a story originally published Sunday, February 3, at 11:57 p.m.

PINE KNOT, Ky. — Kentucky authorities have identified the pedestrian who was killed after being struck by several vehicles on U.S. Hwy. 27 here Sunday night.

Adam Slaven, 43, was pronounced dead after the scene after being struck by four vehicles. According to authorities, Slaven was walking in the middle of the highway when he was struck by a southbound vehicle at around 11 p.m.

The accident occurred near U.S. 27's intersection with Ky. Hwy. 592, just south of the Ky. Hwy. 92 intersection. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Anthony Buttram, 55, of Oneida.

The impact tossed Slaven into the northbound lane of the highway, where he was struck by three other vehicles before traffic came to a stop.

The investigation cleared all drivers of any wrongdoing.

Bizarrely, the accident occurred just more than 24 hours after another McCreary County man was struck and killed on U.S. 27 just 4.5 miles south, in Winfield.

William C. Thomas, 21, of Parkers Lake, Ky., was also in the middle of U.S. 27 when he was struck and killed. The Tennessee Highway Patrol continues to search for a Jeep Wrangler involved in that accident. Investigators said the driver fled the scene after the collision occurred.

The original story follows . . .

PINE KNOT, Ky. — Just over 24 hours after a pedestrian was struck and killed on U.S. Hwy. 27 in northern Scott County, Kentucky authorities were on the scene of another pedestrian fatality on U.S. 27 in southern McCreary County late Sunday evening.

The latest fatality occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday evening, near U.S. 27's intersection with Ky. Hwy. 592, just south of Ky. Hwy. 92 in Pine Knot.

That's less than 4.5 miles north of the site where a pedestrian was struck and killed in Winfield, just south of the TN-KY border, late Saturday evening.

Initial reports from Sunday's accident in Pine Knot suggested that the pedestrian -- whose name and age had not been released -- may have been struck by multiple vehicles.

Saturday's accident involved a pedestrian who was struck by two vehicles, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The 21-year-old McCreary County man was in the middle of U.S. 27 near its intersection with Ross Lane in Winfield when he was struck by one vehicle, then a second vehicle. THP was still looking for those vehicles -- one of which may have been a Jeep Wrangler with a lift kit -- late Sunday.

U.S. 27 was closed in both directions in Pine Knot just before midnight Sunday as Kentucky authorities investigated the second fatality.

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