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Corinth woman dies

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

A Corinth woman was killed when her younger brother ran over her.

Angela Jackson Ripley, 41, was attempting to stop her brother, Robin James, 31, from leaving their home around 8:45 a.m. on Aug. 16.

Police said she stepped in front of his truck and he hit her with the 1997 Ford Ranger. She was dragged about 100 feet.

Ripley was flown by helicopter to University of Kentucky Hospital where she later died

Police said Ripley’s brother suffered from mental health issues and did not “believe that he intended to hurt his sister.”

Family members said he often would leave his home and just drive, but when he attempted to do so on Sunday, family members tried to stop him.

He was found about a mile from the James’ home after he crashed through a neighbor’s fence.

TransCare Ambulance and the Corinth Fire Department responded to the scene.

The accident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Trooper Eric Bowman and Detective Anthony Gatson.

Ripley has just recently moved back to Grant County to be near her family.

“She had such a beautiful smile,” said Carolyn Switzer, a neighbor. “I’ll always remember that smile.”

Switzer said Ripley left Grant County after she graduated from Grant County High School in 1986. Switzer’s daughter and Ripley were friends.

“She was such a sweetheart,” Switzer said. “She was always laughing. It just a tragedy.”

Funeral services for Ripley will be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 at Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home in Williamstown. For obituary information, see page 8 inside this issue.