Commercial Vehicle Officer Benita Blanton Killed On-Duty In Collision
Inspector Benita Blanton Killed
Morehead, KY – An Inspector for the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Police division of the Kentucky State Police was killed while on-duty in a single-vehicle accident on December 21, 2016.
According to police sources, Commercial Vehicle Inspector Benita Blanton, age 51, was headed eastbound on I-64 in Rowan County, about 6:00 a.m., when she lost control of her vehicle, went off the south side of the road, and hit an earth embankment. Inspector Blanton was driving a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria. She was wearing her seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Rowan County Coroner.
KVEP Inspector Blanton was hired by the Kentucky State Police as a dispatcher at the Morehead Post in December, 2012, and transferred to Commercial Vehicle Enforcement as an Inspector in December, 2015. Trooper Joe Veeneman said “I did work with her personally. She worked at our post for several years, she went to camp with us one year. She was very good with the kids and she was a good person.” As an Inspector, she was responsible for “performing closely monitored inspections of commercial motor vehicles for compliance with motor carrier laws and regulations, issuing citations and data intake of motor carrier observations and commercial motor vehicle inspections.”
According to news sources, accident reconstruction took several hours and one lane of travel was closed for almost six hours. The Kentucky State Police are conducting the investigation and the cause of the crash is still unknown. According to Trooper Veeneman, “It was foggy, not sure as far as any type of condensation. These are all factors we will be looking into.” He also said that there were witnesses to the accident and that they are being interviewed. No one else was in the vehicle.
Inspector Blanton leaves behind her husband Bill, three children, and six grandchildren. When she wasn’t working, she loved hunting, camping, fishing, and motorcycles.
We send our thoughts and prayers to Inspector Benita Blanton’s husband Bill, three children, six grandchildren, and other family, as well as to her blue family.
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