Teen dies in crash day before graduation

Staff Report

May 31, 2014

Kentucky State Police say an 18-year-old Bledsoe man died Saturday in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. 421 on Pine Mountain. Another teen was injured in the crash

Cody Fultz, a Harlan County High School senior, died in the fiery crash less than 24 hours before he was scheduled to graduate.

Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said in a press release issued late Saturday night that Trooper Brandon Burton responded to the crash scene at 5:43 p.m. and found the rear of the vehicle on fire with the driver trapped inside. Burton utilized a fire extinguisher and requested assistance from the Bledsoe Fire Department to assist with controlling the fire.

Police said the preliminary investigation indicated that Fultz rounded a curve and lost control, struck a boulder, the vehicle rolled and turned 180 degrees and struck a tree.

Fultz was pronounced dead at the scene by Harlan County Deputy Coroner Jim Rich, Jacobs said.

A passenger in the vehicle, Bradley Lloyd, also scheduled to graduate on Sunday, was taken to Harlan ARH Hospital by Harlan EMS. He was treated and released.

Fultz was a former member of the Bledsoe Fire Department, which responded to the crash.