LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A wrecked car and a busted plank fence could be seen from the curve on Briar Hill Road in Lexington Saturday morning. The driver, Jose Soriano Ramirez, was killed in the crash leaving several communities feeling the loss.
"It's tough for everybody," stated Adam Woodard, who coaches soccer in Bourbon County. Woodard not only taught Jose, but was coaching with him. He said Jose was only 22 years old, but he touched a lot of lives.
"I had parents of players text me, players text me, tweeting me, Facebooking, emailing, instagramming. It's a big loss, not just for Bourbon County, but he was also the assistant coach at Perry County, for the wrestling team," the coach answered.
Jose graduated from Bourbon County in 2010, and was already helping shape the next generation as a middle school assistant coach.
"I know people in Hazard they're feeling it, too, as we are in Paris," continued Woodard.
Police suspect alcohol to be a factor in the crash after finding several containers inside Jose's car. While the factors may be grim, the reality remains that a family lost a son and a community lost a young man that they've watched grow up and in turn lead others.
"It's important that not just Bourbon County soccer, but the whole city, surrounds their family," said Woodard.
The visitation is set for Wednesday, April 30th, at 10 a.m. and the funeral services will follow at noon the same day at Church of the Annunciation, in Paris. A memorial fund is also in place with the Kentucky Bank in Paris.