Updated 9 months ago
Sarah Wilson, a senior at Garrard County High School who had just turned 18, died in a car crash at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon on Sutton Lane, just outside Lancaster.
Spray paint and tire marks show how the red car crossed the center line, and went off the side of the road before going airborne and landing on the other side. The car's path is marked on the pavement, but why it happened isn't so easy to explain.
A sheriff's deputy says it doesn't appear speed, drugs, or alcohol were factors, though a toxicology test on the driver is pending. The deputy says the male driver over-corrected, and then flipped. He and the male passenger in the front seat were belted in and survived without a scratch, but Wilson, who was sitting in the back seat, died at the scene.
Wilson, who deputies say wasn't wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the car and trapped underneath.
"It was scary. I'll tell you, I didn't know it at first because all my doors were fastened. I was reading."
The horror happened right in front of Mary Hulett's house.
"It was a heartbreaker."
And close to home for this grandmother.
"I thought about when I go to the mailbox, and there it was. It was so close to my mailbox," says Hulett.
She didn't know Sarah Wilson, but news that a Garrard County High School Senior passed away traveled fast. Wilson's grandparents live on Sutton Lane, but her parents live in Lancaster.
As the family grieves, the coroner says Wilson's body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy first thing Tuesday.
The coroner says grief counselors and a crisis management team will be at the Garrard County High School Tuesday.