Lebanon woman dies in collision with semi

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By Stephen Lega

A 36-year-old Lebanon woman died Friday after the vehicle she was driving collided with a semi truck on Campbellsville Highway.
Elizabeth Pittman was driving east on US 68 in a 2001 Nissan when she attempted to pass another eastbound vehicle. According to the Kentucky State Police, Pittman was not able to complete the pass because of oncoming traffic. As she steered back into her lane, she lost control of her vehicle, dropped off the eastbound shoulder of US 68, returned to the roadway and struck a semi in the rear of its trailer, the state police reported.
The collision occurred at 2:34 p.m. May 9 on US 68 just inside Lebanon’s western city limit, near the traffic light by the entrance to the Lebanon Wal-mart.
Pittman was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County coroner.
Michael Brock, 58, of Berea was driving the semi. Both Brock and Pittman were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.
After the accident, the car dislodged from the trailer, and responders on the scene were not able to stop the car from rolling into a nearby yard, where it stopped.
Law enforcement closed a portion of US 68 for several hours Friday evening to reconstruct what had occurred prior to the collision.
According to Tammy Hutchins-Mattingly, a friend of Pittman’s, she leaves behind two sons, Dakota and Dalton.
“She was so proud of her boys,” Mattingly said.
Mattingly became a classmate and friend of Pittman’s in grade school. While they were very different, they became inseparable friends for years.
“She was hilarious and you couldn’t be with her and not laugh,” Mattingly said.
Pittman was also a very kind and accepting person, Mattingly said.
“Beth was a person that accepted anyone. She didn’t care about your reputation or anything else,” Mattingly said. “She is the only person I have ever known who was that accepting. We could all take lessons from Beth on how to treat people.”
Trooper Logan Richardson is investigating the collision. He was assisted at the scene by the Lebanon Police, the Lebanon Fire Department, Marion County EMS and Marion County Rescue.
Editor’s note: Publisher Stevie Lowery contributed to this story.