Teen's Death Prompts Highway Changes

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

A father's worst nightmare.

"You don't expect to lose a child," says Ric Penn. "It's been really tough. You don't get over something like this."

Ric Penn's 18-year-old daughter Jennifer died in March. She was headed home to Georgetown after performing in the "Wizard of Oz" at Franklin County High. With slick roads and driving at a speed between 55 and 60 miles per hour, her car hit a guardrail along U.S. 460.

"The 'what if's', they'll be with me the rest of my life," says Penn.

When Jennifer was killed along U.S. 460, chevron markers were not there. They've since been put up by the state, but her family doesn't know if that's enough to prevent this tragedy.

Along with the chevron additions, the Department of Transportation is considerations additional changes. The Kentucky Department of Transportation representatives say Secretary Joe Prather has requested to evaluate flashing beacons and installing high friction material to the road.

At 18, Jennifer had a full life ahead. She was preparing for her prom, which will be held this Saturday, exactly 9 weeks from the accident. The high school senior was also soon headed for college at the University of Louisville.

Though her life was cut short, her family hopes changes will be made so no one else will go through their pain.


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