The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is investigating a fatal collision that occurred just after 7:00 pm last Friday night (November 15, 2019), on KY Highway 290 in McKee. The initial investigation indicates, a 1999 International flatbed truck and trailer operated by Mackenzie Isaacs, 19 years old of McKee, KY, crossed the center line and collided with a 2001 Nissan Frontier, operated by Dustin Tillery, 35 years old of McKee. As a result of collision, Dustin Tillery was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jackson County Coroner. Two of his juvenile passengers were airlifted from the scene to the University Kentucky Hospital with serious injuries, where one of them, Justin Tillery, 13 years old of McKee later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Tillery’s daughter, 10, is expected to be okay.
Madison County Schools officials say Justin Tillery was a 7th grader at Farristown Middle School.
“As a school and a district, we offer our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.” It was a bleak Monday at Surge Promotions, a t-shirt company in Richmond, but the team came together to create something the community can remember the Tillerys by. “We designed a t-shirt that just simply says “Flyer Strong” on it, to help show some unity for the Farristown community,” said Casey McKean, an employee at Surge. Proceeds from the shirts will be given to the family to help with medical and funeral expenses. They are available for purchase
Madison County Schools’ Crisis Response Team will be at the school this week to counsel students and staff as they grieve. The Fayette County Coroner’s Office says Lakes Funeral Home of McKee, KY., will handle the funeral arrangements.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by Trooper Shane Bowling. He was assisted on scene by KSP Post 7 personnel, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Fire & EMS and the Jackson County Coroner’s Office.