Logan man dies in accident

By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader

A 36-year-old Logan County man lost his life in an automobile accident on Stephanie Road, however, when the accident occurred is still not clear.

According to the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, Nicholas J. Shumate, of Orndorff Mill Road, Russellville, was operating a 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport eastbound on Stephanie Road, when for unknown reasons, he crossed over in to the westbound lane of travel and ran off the left shoulder of the roadway striking a tree.

After a preliminary investigation, deputies assume the accident had possibly occurred sometime late on Monday, July 20 or in the morning of Tuesday, July 21. Due to heavy vegetation the vehicle was not visible from the roadway. It appears, according to the sheriff’s department, that Shumate was killed instantly.

Shumate was pronounced deceased at the scene by Logan County Coroner Mary Givens.

Sgt. Clint Wright of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department is the investigating officer. He was assisted at the scene by Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whittaker, numerous Logan County Deputies, the Russellville Rural Fire Department and the Logan County EMS.

Shumate was the owner and operator of Branching Out Tree Service in Russellville. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Elkton and graduated from Todd Central High School in Elkton. He is the son of Steve Shumate of Trenton and Anita Jo (Jerry) Powell of Russellville. He has one daughter, Chloe Elle Shumate.

His services are being held Friday, July 24 at 1 p.m. at Latham Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be given to Chloe Shumate, C/O Lewisburg Banking Co., 780 Hopkinsville Rd., Russellville, KY 42276.


By Chris Cooper


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