Teen Injured In Hit And Run Crash

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

A 16 year-old is in fair condition almost a week after getting run over by his 16 year-old friend at a field part.

According to an arrest report, a group of teenagers had been drinking in a field in Deer Haven Park Friday night when one teenager got behind the wheel and drove over his friend.

According to the report, the teen then jumped into another car with another drunk teen also behind the wheel and drove off.

The two were later caught by police and charged as adults for drinking and driving.

Van Ranseler Jenkins has pleaded guilty to reckless driving while the other driver, Patrick Autry faces DUI charges and will be in court this month.

The incident has brought attention to underage drinking that often happens in fields in rural parts of the county.

An issue that the Fayette County Attorney, Larry Roberts would like to see addressed.

"We have to reach the kids in junior high that aren't drinking yet, but will be driving soon, Roberts said. "I think it's an important part of what we do."

Roberts adds the only way to reach young people is for them to hear about the dangers from other young people they can relate to.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2008 at 12:33 PM
    yeah, lets take a look at these horrible parents. lets look at the mother who is forced to look at her child every day with the realization he will never walk again. the mother who has spent night and day in ICU praying for her 16 year old to recover. how about the parents of the child who put his best friend in a wheelchair, and will now live with it the rest of his life. they have had to deal with an awful situation that they obviously didn't ask for. what about these terrible parents, whose lives have changed forever? yeah, they sound like really crappy parents to me.
  • by kayla Location: vanceburg on Mar 3, 2008 at 06:20 AM
    I think that the media makes things worse on people..The people in this persons life need time to heal.
  • by Greg R. Location: Georgetown on Mar 1, 2008 at 08:30 PM
    To jjg who left the comment on 2/18: Please let us know what the 20 facts are that the media left out. Some of us would like to know the truth.
  • by Noname on Feb 22, 2008 at 03:20 PM
    Interesting indeed! I believe it has more to do with who the parents are of these teenagers. Do a little research and you'll see what I mean. This is something that needs to be brought to the attention of every parent and teenager. I know one thing for sure lawsuits are on the way and all of this has the potential to break up the already broken families. What a mess.
  • by Anon.Person Location: Lexington on Feb 20, 2008 at 05:05 PM
    Isn't it interesting that there has been little coverage of this story in the media? One news story on channel 27, and one small article in the paper. Hmm..could it be because they are Henry Clay students?
  • by Anonymous Location: Location on Feb 20, 2008 at 05:03 PM
    It's not about leaving "this family" alone. It's about educating people about what their kids are doing. It's a horrible tragedy, no doubt. But parents are not paying attention, and perhaps more media coverage will educate them so maybe it won't happen again. And which "this family" are you referring to? This great field party full of irresponsible, drunk 16 yr olds has affected lots of families in a horrible way, not just "this family."
  • by me on Feb 20, 2008 at 10:19 AM
    there are plenty of other stories in this city that can be reported on. leave this family alone.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Feb 19, 2008 at 05:17 PM
    I know some of the people involved, and these are the same unsupervised partying kids who run around neighborhoods ringing doorbells at 3 am, vandalizing cars, drinking, smoking pot, etc. Just look at their myspace and facebook sites to see what fine upstanding citizens they are. Their parents need to wake up, and the media needs to cover more of this story to educate these parents and others.
  • by jjg Location: lexington on Feb 18, 2008 at 05:11 PM
    wow. if you all weren't at the scene of the accident, then keep your fat mouths shut. and how dare you comment on a situation you no absolutely nothing about.the news gave about 2 true facts and left out about 20. as far as those of you who say this shouldn't be a pity party, i suggest you go get paralyzed or put your best friend in a wheelchair and then see who pities you! i dont think anyone putting negative comments on here has any right. what all the families involved need is positive and supportive comments. have you all ever met the kids parents? i doubt it. where is the "get well soon" comments or the "stay strong". how can you all be so cruel? have a (edited) heart. these kids have had to deal with more than anyone in their grade has had to, and yet they have still been at the hospital every single day showing their love and support. those of you who were there, i know what you are going through. those of you who werent, please, id love to hear more stupid comments.
  • by anonym Location: lex on Feb 18, 2008 at 02:58 PM
    my little brother didnt leave the scene, sat in the hostipal until 3 am covered in blood. I think that anybody who feels that these kids are jerks would be incorrect.
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