Dunbar Senior Dies Day After Crash In Woodford County

By: Mark Kennedy Email
By: Mark Kennedy Email

A crash along a winding Woodford County Road has now claimed the lives of two people, including a senior at Dunbar High School.
It happened along Dry Ridge road just after noon on Monday.
17-Year-Old Hannah Landers died from her injuries Tuesday afternoon. She was a senior at Dunbar, just weeks away from her graduation.
22-Year-old Bejamin Andrew Thompson died yesterday. 19-Year-old Samantha Degraff of Nicholasville is in serious condition at the UK Hospital.
A fourth passenger, 18-year-old Jon Dail was treated and released. We're told he graduated early from Dunbar this past December, but is expected to walk in Graduation later this month.
Police say Landers was driving her car, when she lost control on Dry Ridge Road just outside of Versailles and skidded into a tree.

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  • by Beth on Sep 27, 2011 at 07:57 PM
    we remember and celebrate your life, beautiful Hannah. <3
  • by m. on May 4, 2010 at 10:40 PM
    still thinking about you, hannah. i miss you.
  • by Anonymous Location: lexington. on Dec 29, 2008 at 09:45 PM
    Still miss you Hannah, it's not right.
  • by <3 Location: Lexington on May 8, 2008 at 12:22 PM
    I think anyone that knew Hannah knows that she is one of the sweetest girls you could have ever known. I can only hope and pray that one day ALL drivers will learn, even if noone else is on the same road as you or it's sunny outside and the roads seem nice, PLEASE be careful. Wear a seatbelt, drive the speed limit.. PAY ATTENTION to the roads. You're risking your life as well as the lives of others. I have only love and the upmost respect for the families and friends of those lost in this crash. Remember that when God knocks you down on your knees, you are in the perfect position to pray.
  • by jane Location: ky on May 7, 2008 at 07:24 PM
    Come on, Mr. Seigleman, lets get the police out on the back roads and in the neighborhoods and get the speed down. How many people have to die before we start making it a priority. Over 900 people die on Kentucky roads every year. That is about the same number as in Ohio or Virginia, despite the fact that they have almost double our population and include mountainous roads as well.
  • by Brittany Location: lexington on May 7, 2008 at 05:15 PM
    ok so samantha,ben,john, and hannah were all my friends. Samantha is actually my best friend so I just wanna say to everyone that all teens arent wrong. These were all good people.They were all making something of their lives. And for all the people whom are wondering why they werent in school it was because they didnt have classes. Sammy and Ben were both in college and jon was finished with his credits and hannah didnt have a class either. So before everyone passes judgement think about it. what if it was your best friend or daughter. Would you be saying the things you are NO. So please think before you say things especially when the public can see it ALL!
  • by Tracey Location: London on May 7, 2008 at 04:08 PM
    My prayers will go out for the families of these kids. This kind of tragic event happened in our town and claimed a cheerleader and dancer. It impacted our community and schools greatly. We will all be praying for your families, schools, and communities.
  • by I Stand Location: Corrected on May 7, 2008 at 02:28 PM
    Regarding my comment earlier, Hannah DID have her seatbelt on from what I just read, so it must have been the speed of travel and the tree they hit that caused her death. Some accidents are just not survivable, especially when you're going at a high rate of speed on a rural, curvy, hilly road. That's where the common sense comes back into play. We need to re-institute a driver's education program in every high school in our state again, so that maybe they will have a shot at learning how to handle a vehicle and see videos/photos of dead teenagers to show them that they are not bulletproof and it can happen to them just as easily as it did to others. Teens get no driver's training/experience before being set free on the roadway now. Yeah, they get the GDL, which if they're parents certify that they drove with them. But if their parents are bad drivers, they are only creating more bad drivers and doing a disservice to their kids. They need a professional to teach them, not a parent
  • by Bill and Pam Location: Roseville, CA on May 7, 2008 at 10:50 AM
    Richard, Michelle and Emma you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hannah was such a beautiful person. We understand your hurt and will pray for all of you.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on May 7, 2008 at 08:01 AM
    I read that the 22 year old gentlemen didn't have his seatbelt on, and not sure about Hannah. But this should be yet another wake-up call to the youth of our state that you are NOT bulletproof, and that if you don't wear your seatbelt that you're just asking to be seriously hurt if you crash. Seatbelts are proven to save lives, but not when they aren't used. Youth are especially bad to not wear seatbelts because of the "bulletproof" syndrome that "Gray Hair" mentioned earlier in these postings. Driving is fun, going where you want to go when you want to go is great. Having the freedom to drive a car wherever you want is a blast. But you have to exercise common-sense and not speed on rural roads, and wear your seatbelts every time you get in a vehicle. I also wonder what they were doing at 11:40am on a rural road in Woodford County when I could've sworn school was still in session in Lexington? Not to say that this killed them, but it makes you wonder why they were even there.
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