BRANHAM’S CREEK – Employees at Pikeville Medical Center have spent the early part of this week mourning the death of one of their emergency room doctors after a motorcycle crash along Branham’s Creek Sunday.
Anthony Keene, a 39-year-old local doctor, died Sunday after losing control of his motorcycle in a curve on Route 680 along Branham’s Creek. State police said Keene lost control of his 2015 Ducati while negotiating a curve, ejecting him in the process.
Investigating officer Trooper John Gabbard said Keene was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Floyd County Coroner Omery Hall.
Monday and Tuesday, hospital employees spoke to news outlets about Keene, who had worked in the emergency room at PMC for the last seven years, sharing his love of hunting and the outdoors, while the hospital’s CEO Walter May issued a public statement about Keene’s death.
“Dr. Anthony Keene will be greatly missed at Pikeville Medical Center,” May wrote in his statement. “In the seven years he worked in the Emergency Department, he had a big impact on the lives of patients and his co-workers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues.”
State Rep. Leslie Combs, of Pike County, shared with WKYT news Monday that Keene saved her life after she had a heart attack in the spring of last year.
Sheldon Compton is a staff writer for The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.