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Police are trying to figure out what caused a late Wednesday night crash that killed a Central Kentucky teenager. It happened around 10:30 on Anderson Road in Scott County.
Sheriff's deputies say 19-year-old Natasha Jones was riding with 24-year old Timothy Conner when the PT Cruiser he was driving ran off the road and crashed into a tree. Jones and Conner were taken to UK hospital where Jones later died.
Her family is questioning why Jones was in the car with Conner to begin with. They say the teenager's sister has an emergency protective order against Conner. "We don't understand why she was even in his car" says Lisa Urley, Jones' aunt.
Jones was about to graduate from the Scott County Intervention Program. People at the program describe Jones as bubbly. "Always smiling, very friendly, never met a stranger," says Joetta Crowe, Scott County Intervention Program administrator. Crowe says Jones only had a credit-and-a-half to finish before earning her high school diploma. "I just met with her two days ago. She was all smiles. She was excited-we'd developed a plan for her and she was ready to go on and get it finished." Crowe says Jones also had dreams of going on to technical college.
Scott County sheriff's deputies are still looking into what caused the crash and say decisions on if this is a criminal investigation will be made after toxicology tests determine if alcohol or drugs were involved.
Conner, who sheriff's deputies say was not at the crash scene when they arrived, was found nearby. He's now at UK Hospital in fair condition with a broken ankle.