Local teen dies in fatal car crash

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Reporter - Jason Hibbs
Photographer - Chad Darnall

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. - Remembering Evan Crawford. The teen dies in a crash and now the driver could face charges. One teen is dead.

Two others treated for injuries, and the driver who lost control of his pickup truck could be in trouble with the law.

The Graves County Sheriff says passenger, 15-year-old Evan Crawford of Graves County died at Jackson Purchase Medical Center last night after a crash on Kentucky Highway 129.

The Sheriff said the 16-year-old driver violated Kentucky's 'Intermediate and Instructional Permit' laws. He shouldn't have had more than one unrelated passenger under the age of eighteen, and should've had someone 21-years-old or older accompanying him.

The sheriff said he doesn't know if that would've made a difference in this case but hopes parents and teens learn from this.

Meanwhile, friends of Crawford are learning nothing will bring him back.

Pieces of the pickup are still scattered on the side of Highway 129. Two teens were in the truck with the 16 year old driver who told deputies he over corrected.

Graves County High School Principal Matthew Madding delivered the news to students this morning.

Evan Crawford is dead.

"It's the worst thing i've ever had to do in my life. There's no preparing for that, there's no way to do it right," Madding said.

Superintendent Kim Harrison was Evan's elementary school principal.

"He was one of the most pleasant young men you would ever be around," Harrison said.

Crawford's friend, the teenage driver could face a penalty if it's found he broke the law.

"We don't want to add to his grief or his punishment any more than we have to, but we do have to follow the law," Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said.

Redmon said these laws exist to prevent tragedies like this.

"We've had more than our share of loss of young people in this community so anything we can do to slow them down get them to pay more attention and be safe, that's what we're going to do," Redmon said.

The sheriff said the teens were not wearing seat belts, that's why Crawford and another teen were ejected from the vehicle.

The sheriff said the two other teens were taken to Lourdes Hospital, treated, and released.

Counselors were on hand Monday at Graves County High School to talk with students at an area set up specifically for grieving friends.

Students also expressed their sympathy by sharing memories of Evan Crawford on note cards and a large banner.

Principal Matthew Madding said the items will go to Crawford's parents.

"It's a great way for students to express their feelings and grieve. We've had a lot of students participating in that so far," Madding said.

Visitation for Crawford is three o'clock on Wednesday at the Brown Funeral Home in Mayfield.

Funeral services are at 'His House Ministries' in Mayfield at three o'clock on Thursday.

Burial is at the Little Bethel Baptist Church in Wingo.

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