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A funeral will be held Saturday for a Marion County native who died after a single-vehicle accident Thursday morning.
Bobby Joe Gunter, 33, of Georgetown died March 31 in Scott County. Gunter was a 1995 graduate of Marion County High School.
Gunter was on his way to work when he lost control of his vehicle around 7 a.m. Thursday on Lemons Mill Road, approximately two miles east of Georgetown.
“He was about five miles from his home,” said Lt. Jeremy Day of the Scott County Sheriff's Office.
Day described the road as narrow with limited shoulders.
“It looks like Mr. Gunter dropped off the right shoulder, and there is barely a shoulder on the road,” Day said.
Gunter appears to have overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle, a 2000 Dodge Dakota truck, which crossed the center line and collided with a large tree approximately four feet from the road, according to Day.
Speed may have been a factor in the accident, and Gunter did not appear to have been wearing a seat belt. Day added that the Scott County coroner determined that Gunter likely died of blunt force trauma upon impact.
The vehicle did catch fire, and a passing motorist attempted to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher, but was unable to do so. When a Scott County deputy arrived on the scene, the truck was fully engulfed by fire. The Scott County Fire Department put out the fire.
Gunter is survived by his wife, Stacy, their four children, his father, Hugh Gunter of Corbin, and his sister, Katrina Rakes of Lebanon.
Tucker, Yocum and Wilson Funeral Home in Georgetown is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Harmony Christian Church, 170 Southgate Drive in Georgetown. A funeral service will be held at the church at 1 p.m. Saturday.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, a memorial service will be held at the Lebanon United Methodist Church.
Gunter's family has requested that expressions of sympathy be made to the "Bobby Joe Gunter Family Fund", which has been set up at Citizens National Bank.
WKYT has more about the accident here: http://tinyurl.com/48xrrrv