UPDATE: Knifley man dies in KY 76 crash

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By Calen McKinney


A hard worker who always had a smile on his face.

That's how Phillip Martin's former co-workers say they will remember him.

Martin, 20, of Campbellsville, died on Thursday after he lost control of his vehicle, overturned and became trapped.

According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Martin died after he crashed his 2004 Ford Ranger on KY 76 at 2:27 p.m. The crash happened about two miles west of the Taylor/Adair county line.

The report states that Martin lost control of his vehicle after sliding on ice while rounding a curve. He ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree, overturned and was trapped inside. Taylor County Fire & Rescue personnel freed Martin from his vehicle.

Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney pronounced Martin dead at the scene.

Dabney said on Friday that Martin died instantly of multiple blunt traumas. There won't be an autopsy performed. Dabney said Martin was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Dickie Benningfield is investigating the crash.

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton said on Thursday evening that the area was very slick because of ice and rescue personnel slid while driving around the scene. But he said it was very difficult for motorists to see the black ice.

"You wouldn't have even thought the road was slick," he said.

KY 76 was closed for about two hours after the crash.

Martin, a 2011 graduate of Adair County High School, attended Lindsey Wilson College and worked at Kroger in Green River Plaza for a few years.

Brandon Bailey, co-manager at Kroger, said Martin worked in the deli and bakery and most recently worked in produce. He said Martin left Kroger a few months ago to pursue a job with a power plant in Indiana. He was an apprentice boiler maker at PIC Group.

Bailey said Martin would stay in Indiana while he worked and come home to the Knifley area when he had the chance.

Bailey said Martin visited his former co-workers a few days ago and got gas at the Kroger station before he died.

"He always had a smile on his face," Bailey said. "He would talk to everyone. He was a hard worker."

Bailey said Martin showed respect to his co-workers and would always ask how everyone was doing.

"It was a big shock for us," Bailey said. "He will be deeply missed. He was part of the family here."

Martin also previously worked at McDonald's.

Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home was in charge of Martin's arrangements. His funeral was Sunday and burial was in Merrimac Cemetery. Phil Allan Bertram officiated.

Martin was the son of John R. Martin and Dorcas Gribbins Martin of Knifley, Starr Brown of Taylor County and Michael Semones of Mercer County. He is also survived by three sisters, Shiann, Ashlee and Brooklyn; and a brother, Cody.

An obituary appears on Page 3 of the Monday, Jan. 6, issue.