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Father talks about son killed in Russell Co. crash


JAMESTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Chris Merideth says he’s going through a tragedy some parents know all too well.

“You see it on TV. You never think it’s going to happen to you,” said the father on Thursday, whose son was killed in crash Wednesday.

The drive home from school took a literal tragic turn as the car his son was in slammed into a tree, just a few miles from their Russell County home.

“From what I understand it was just a slick spot in the road. Tire got to spinning, tired to correct, it went wrong,” Merideth said.

Merideth’s 18 year old Step-son was behind the wheel. He’s still in the hospital but it’s expected to be OK.

“I’m worried for him. And I want him to know it wasn’t his fault. Don’t dare think it was,” h said.

Kentucky State Police are investigating; they say the roads were wet but that also speed may have been a factor in causing the crash.

Grief counselors were busy Thursday helping the 700 students at Russell Middle School were Matt was an 8th grader and where the football season had just started.

“The school just informed me they are going to frame his jersey for me. That will be the center of his home,” said Merideth.

He says tragedy is something you never expect; and he says it sends a reminder to all parents.

“Like I said the biggest thing is to love your kids. You never know when it’s going to happen,” said Merideth.

Funeral services are set for 1 o’clock CST Sunday at the H E Pruitt Memory Chapel in Jamestown. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Saturday.


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