ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Instead of lighting candles on a cake and singing “Happy Birthday” this weekend, one family is planning a candlelight vigil.
Cynthia Hopper tells LEX 18 that her niece’s death has torn the family apart.
Kaytlynn Doss, 18, was a mother of a toddler and was excited about her next child arriving in the fall. The baby girl was going to be named America.
“She had a beautiful heart. She had a lot of people that loved her,” said Hopper.
On May 11, Doss was driving on Highway 127 in Anderson County with her boyfriend, Colton Willard, and two others. An indictment filed by a grand jury said that police reported that near Highway 151, Willard allegedly recklessly caused the crash that killed Doss and her unborn child.
“Even when it’s cold outside, I wanna go out to her grave and put a blanket over her grave because I don’t want her and that baby to get cold,” said Hopper.
Three months later, Willard was indicted by a grand jury and charged with reckless homicide and fourth-degree fetal homicide. He was released on a surety bond and will be back in court in two weeks.