Charges are pending in the death of a popular trucker, according to Kentucky State Police trooper Lloyd Cochran.
J.D. “Black Stallion” Hacker, 85, had just left his home on Bear Branch, near the Clay/Leslie line Monday, April 8th, enroute to Lowe’s to buy some 2x4’s when a Nissan Altima driven by Alfred Francis, 37, crossed the centerline and struck Hacker’s Chevrolet pickup nearly head-on.
Rescue squad members from the Big Creek Fire and Rescue worked diligently to free the victims from the accident near the Hal Rogers overpass bridge on Hwy. 66.
Trooper Cochran said both Hacker and Francis were transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where Hacker died from injuries in the accident on Wednesday.
Francis is currently in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.
Cochran says they do suspect drug use as a factor in the accident with Francis and charges are pending.
Friends and family members gathered Sunday afternoon at Britton Funeral Home to say their goodbyes to the well-known trucker.
The funeral procession to Memorial Gardens was led by fellow truckers in their rigs.
Hacker is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary.