Kentucky State Police say a woman was found dead after a report of a vehicle found submerged and upside down in a creek off South Hwy. 421 in the Big Creek community Monday.
Trooper Don Trosper said Chasity A. Murphy, 34, of Manchester, was found in the Chevrolet Cavalier. It was determined that she had been driving north on 421 when she lost control of her vehicle, dropped off the roadway and traveled an estimated 100 feet over an embankment before overturning in the creek.
Tpr, Trosper was still on the scene when he was notified that a passing motorist on the Hal Rogers Parkway located 9-year-old Mylee S. Murphy over an embankment. Trooper Trosper said she was Chasity’s daughter and was a passenger in the vehicle. She survived the collision and escaped the vehicle, swam across the creek and climbed up the embankment to get help. She fell asleep until she was located.
Monday morning, the store where Chasity Murphy worked, the Bears Den Market, opened up as usual at 9:00. About an hour later, friends say her husband received a phone call from police with the news about his wife.
“I was over there comforting him, or trying my best to. He looked at me and said, that’s my whole life down there,” said Lance Caldwell, who was with Chasity’s husband Monday morning.
“It was devastating for everybody to hear about it. It was,” said Ronnie Sizemore, who knew Murphy. “It’s a bad accident. The whole community is in shock over it. It’s just bad because we’re all gonna miss Chas.”
Murphy was a vendor at the flea market located near the Leslie/Clay County line. Caldwell says she helped his family open the market five years ago.
“She wasn’t just a helper, or a vendor. She was a part of our family, more than a friend,” said Caldwell.
Caldwell says Chasity was a Sunday School teacher, dedicated to her faith and family, and she never met a stranger.
He says that Sunday was Mylee’s ninth birthday. She was transported to the Manchester Memorial Hospital and later flown to UK Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries.
She was released from UK Medical Center on Tuesday.