Sheriff ‘doing exceptionally well’ following traffic accident

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By Kristin Beck

Carroll County Sheriff Ben Smith will be coming home soon, according to his wife, Cheryl. He is currently in a private room at Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, Ky.

“He is just doing exceptionally well,” she said Monday. “He is ready to get out and go to work.”

Cheryl Smith said they will find out this week when he can come home.

The sheriff fractured his neck in the traffic accident on Jan. 12, however his wife said the injury did not require surgery, and it will heal on its own. However, he is wearing a neck brace, she said.

Ben Smith had plastic surgery to fix a tear on the inside of his ear and sustained a small cut over his eye, she said. He is also bruised and remains very sore.

“They said he was very lucky to be alive,” Cheryl Smith said. “It’s been overwhelming the response that we’ve got. He’s had a lot of visitors, and he really appreciates it.”

Ben Smith was traveling southbound on State Hwy. 235, Martin Road, while responding to a domestic violence call when he apparently lost control of his vehicle and traveled across the roadway, impacting with nearby trees, according to Kentucky State Police Post 5 in Campbellsburg, which investigated the accident.

He was transported by helicopter to University Hospital in Louisville, where he was in the intensive care unit for more than a week.