Teenager Drowns When SUV Crashes Into Pond

A teenager from Lexington is dead after he drove into a Bourbon County pond early Wednesday morning.

Police say 16-year-old Jonathon Gonzalez Medina lost control while driving on KY 353, just after midnight. He ran off the road at the intersection on Russell Cave Road and Silas Pike and overturned in a pond.

Investigators say he was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the front seat into the back seat of the car during the crash.

A passenger in the SUV, 15-year-old Amber Baker, was able to get out of the vehicle and went to a nearby house to call for help. She wasn't hurt.

Gonzalez Medina wasn't able to get out of the SUV and drowned.

Police say slick roads could have played a role in the accident.

We're told the teenagers were coming back to Lexington after a trip to Cynthiana. Both are students at Bryan Station High School.

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  • by Katy Location: Mercer on Jan 5, 2008 at 03:44 PM
    The fact is, this boy broke about 5 driving rules. 1. You are NOT supposed to drive without a licensed 21 year or older driver 2. You CAN NOT drive between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. 3. I could go on, but I'll let you figure the rest out. And no, I am not ashamed of myself and I refuse to be. Those kids were plain STUPID and they damn well know it. Parents should have kids that age in bed at that time of night, or at least home!
  • by Jethro Location: Rat Cheer on Jan 4, 2008 at 11:56 PM
    It is indeed sad to have lost such a young life. But it IS NOT legal for someone his age to be one the road without an older, more experienced licensed driver in the seat next to him, and this is one of the reasons why.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2008 at 07:54 PM
    I stand by my first post 100%. I do feel extremely bad for the family, I've seen first hand what this type of tragedy does to a family. They are in my prayers. But, if the kids were somewhere besides out on the road after midnight on slick roads, would this have happened? It's a hard reality to face, but no it would not have happened. I'm not saying it couldn't happen to me tomorrow, but I know for sure it wouldn't have happened to these kids if they were home where they should have been. One problem with tragedies such as this is that everyone says...it just happened, it was their time, etc... to comfort the family and themselves. But in reality, the factors leading to the accident need to be examined. Sometimes it isn't a pretty picture, but being realistic could prevent it from happening to others in the future. Which is better, to sugar-coat it and forget it or learn from the mistakes to save someone in the future? I'm not trying to hurt anyone, I'm just being realistic.
  • by JJ Location: Lexington on Jan 4, 2008 at 11:10 AM
    ANYONE that regularly drives rural roads OR where bodies of water are close to the road should invest in a Life Hammer or comparable life saving tool and don't store it just anywhere.... I have a friend that carries two in her SUV one in the front and one in rear storage area of the vehicle.
  • by BS Location: KY on Jan 4, 2008 at 05:02 AM
    While I pray for the family and friends during their time of pain. I also agree with anonymous and it is time to stop patting the backs and saying it is okay. Teenagers this age should not have been out at that time of night in inclement weather, resposibility people. Take it for your action or inaction.
  • by johnny Location: ky on Jan 4, 2008 at 03:33 AM
    why would people say the parents ar at fault if this was your child would you be making thes stupid comments.the parents are hurt bad enough.you know this could hampen to any one of us.if we would spend as much time praying for this family as we do puting them down.then just maby it would help thes people.i just hope the family dosent read thes silly coments.i for one will be praying for this family.and let the parents no they did nothing wrong. may god be with you
  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2008 at 12:59 PM
    i can't believe someone would go so far as to say that parental resposibilty was at fault. if they even knew the family, they would know better. whoever said that should be ashamed of themselves. they can't think of anything better to do than to try to hurt the suffering mother and family after they've lost so much? REALLY?
  • by Katy Location: Mercer on Jan 3, 2008 at 12:22 PM
    I agree with Anonymous. The parents of these two teenagers should have never let their children out at that time of night. And he was just sixteen! You are not supposed to drive without a licensed driver 21 years or older in the front seat and she was only 15.
  • by A Location: Lexington on Jan 3, 2008 at 11:52 AM
    That section of Russell Cave Road is very dangerous especially with bad weather and ponds so close to the road. I think that the city/state needs to consider guardrails where there are ponds close to the road. My heart goes out to all involved. This is a sad start to the New Year.
  • by Chuck Location: Bluegrass on Jan 3, 2008 at 06:43 AM
    My prayers go out to the families involved and to all the students at Bryan Station High School that must face the grim reality of this tragedy. I also pray for the rescue units on the scene and the staff at BSHS.
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