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willie

Duluth, GA

#41 Dec 10, 2012
It doesn't do anyone any good blaming each other on here. Only god above knows why this happen. We pray for all involved, parents didn't want to lose a child and innocent man didn't want to go to work and hit another vehicle. He will always be haunted by that moment I'm sure. The girls family will always miss their loved one. We pray. We must understand and accept this. I pray for everyone. Don't take one day for granted!
Steve Fortner

Nicholasville, KY

#43 Dec 11, 2012
Thanks for everyone's concern, but she was not texting. Please don't assume. There's not much reason to argue about this, and you should not be speculating if you don't know what happened.

If you're familiar with the intersection, it's very busy on school mornings and from what my brother, Kim's father, told me, she was unable to get out and saw an opening in the south bound traffic (heading toward GCHS) and pulled out without again thoroughly checking the north bound traffic. There's also a hill that interferes with driver's ability to see oncoming north-bound traffic my brother said. In hind sight, it would be further to school, but safer if she would have taken Carter to 1276 to 45, which involves a right-hand turn in a four lane then onto the Purchase Pkwy, then another right onto 121 to get to school.

It's extremely unfortunate, but it was an accident, nothing more. I'm not aware of any foul play, texting, speeding or anything else that caused the accident. I spoke to the sheriff and they were conducting an investigation on Thur, but my brother didn't indicate to me there was anything amiss when I spoke with him this past Sat. No lawsuits are planned (again, please don't speculate).

Her little sister Julia was initially in ICU on Thur and Fri, was moved to a private room Sat, and came home Mon. She was banged up pretty bad, but had no broken bones and should be fine.
sad

Mayfield, KY

#44 Dec 11, 2012
Very sad for everyone involved, but I would like to thank the person in the previous post that remembered the ones who witnessed the wreck. it was a school bus of children. Some as young as 7. They saw the whole thing. It scared them and i'm sure they will never forget what they saw.I've been praying for them as well.
The Stinker

Benton, KY

#45 Dec 11, 2012
I admit that I'm not too familiar wiht that area, but I was thinking that if a red light were put at that intersection that may prevent any future tragedies. Just a thought.......
local

Crete, IL

#46 Dec 11, 2012
Steve Fortner wrote:
Thanks for everyone's concern, but she was not texting. Please don't assume. There's not much reason to argue about this, and you should not be speculating if you don't know what happened.
If you're familiar with the intersection, it's very busy on school mornings and from what my brother, Kim's father, told me, she was unable to get out and saw an opening in the south bound traffic (heading toward GCHS) and pulled out without again thoroughly checking the north bound traffic. There's also a hill that interferes with driver's ability to see oncoming north-bound traffic my brother said. In hind sight, it would be further to school, but safer if she would have taken Carter to 1276 to 45, which involves a right-hand turn in a four lane then onto the Purchase Pkwy, then another right onto 121 to get to school.
It's extremely unfortunate, but it was an accident, nothing more. I'm not aware of any foul play, texting, speeding or anything else that caused the accident. I spoke to the sheriff and they were conducting an investigation on Thur, but my brother didn't indicate to me there was anything amiss when I spoke with him this past Sat. No lawsuits are planned (again, please don't speculate).
Her little sister Julia was initially in ICU on Thur and Fri, was moved to a private room Sat, and came home Mon. She was banged up pretty bad, but had no broken bones and should be fine.
Hi Steve. First, I am really so very sorry this has happened and your family has lost such a sweet, beautiful girl. AND I thank God along with you that Julia's life was spared in this accident! I am so happy to hear that she is home. What your brother described to you is exactly what I described in an earlier post: if someone looks left then right and is distracted for just a couple seconds, as you look back left and begin to pull out another vehicle can top that hill and be right on you. It is like they came out of nowhere! I live out this way and at that intersection I have actually pulled out in front of cars before but thank God they were not going too fast and I had time to get out of their way. Very seldom am I at that intersection at that time of day but I can imagine how bad it would be at that time!
**I am NOT saying that the truck driver was speeding because I have no way of knowing that.** But I assure you we do have a lot of people speeding out this highway and those people have got to be totally ignorant. It is hill after hill out here and you don't know what is going to be in the middle of the road when you top the next hill (farm equipment, somebody pulling out of their driveway, a dog, a deer, a kid, somebody going to their mailbox, etc). Somebody mentioned putting a stop light at that intersection. Honestly after all these years with no light it would be a pain to get use to BUT if it will make it safer for everybody and possibly save a life, I am all for it!!! A lot of the time somebody might be sitting at a red light with no other cars around. But that is a small price to pay to keep someone else from being hurt or killed. Also, it will slow down some of the traffic that acts like they are on a freeway!
May God help EVERYONE involved.

Steve Fortner

Nicholasville, KY

#47 Dec 12, 2012
Ironically enough, my brother and I were in an accident in Carlisle County when I was 17 and he was 16. A mother was trying to get home before the school bus driver dropped off her 5 year old and ran through the stop sign doing who knows how fast. I was driving and was extremely fortunate to have had someone call 911 so quickly, which saved my life so EMS could administer drugs to stop my brain from swelling. Long story short, I'm okay for the most part, but this intersection now has a four-way stop sign. I believe it's the intersection of 1372 and 1181 outside Bardwell, KY. Drivers on 1181 didn't have to stop 27 years ago, but going northbound on 1181 has very poor visibility to the left/west especially because of a high and overgrown fencerow. Young drivers like myself didn't think to slow down and look for oncoming traffic. I believe the stop signs were put up after and probably because of our accident.
local

Crete, IL

#48 Dec 12, 2012
Steve Fortner wrote:
Ironically enough, my brother and I were in an accident in Carlisle County when I was 17 and he was 16. A mother was trying to get home before the school bus driver dropped off her 5 year old and ran through the stop sign doing who knows how fast. I was driving and was extremely fortunate to have had someone call 911 so quickly, which saved my life so EMS could administer drugs to stop my brain from swelling. Long story short, I'm okay for the most part, but this intersection now has a four-way stop sign. I believe it's the intersection of 1372 and 1181 outside Bardwell, KY. Drivers on 1181 didn't have to stop 27 years ago, but going northbound on 1181 has very poor visibility to the left/west especially because of a high and overgrown fencerow. Young drivers like myself didn't think to slow down and look for oncoming traffic. I believe the stop signs were put up after and probably because of our accident.
I'm glad you and your brother came out of that accident alright! I bet that would work, a four way stop. I believe it would need to be a flashing red light with a lot of lit up warning signs before you get to it. Otherwise people that have used this road for years might run right through it. Some of those rough spots in the road would be good too. Seems like they might be called shark's teeth, not sure. Anything to make it safer! I hope your brother and his wife and family are all doing okay, considering all they are going through. I can only imagine how heart broken they are. I hope Julia is healing well. Please give them all my best. May God comfort you all.
anonymous

Paducah, KY

#49 Feb 4, 2014
She was texting and pulled out not looking

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