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U.S. 23 crash kills moped driver

Mar. 10, 2013 @ 07:50 PM

GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. — An SUV collided with a moped Sunday afternoon on U.S. 23 at the intersection of the Grant Bridge in Greenup County, killing the moped driver.

The Kentucky State Police Post 14 Ashland is investigating the two vehicle collision, which occurred about 1:55 p.m. Sunday.

Benjamin R. Johnston, 27, of Portsmouth, Ohio, was operating a 2012 Jonway Moped traveling southbound on U.S. 23. He was attempting to turn left onto the Grant Bridge.

Jamie Miller, 44, of Portsmouth, Ohio, was traveling northbound on U.S. 23, driving a 1998 Ford Explorer.

According to a release from the Kentucky State Police, it appears Miller failed to stop at the red light at the intersection and struck Johnston. Johnston was transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center, where he was was pronounced dead.

Miller and a juvenile passenger were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision and received no injuries.

Multiple agencies responded, including Greenup County Sheriff's Department, South Shore Fire Department, KDMC EMS and Portsmouth Police Department.

The crash is under investigation.