Teen Killed in Head-On Collision

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Friends say they could always count on 17-year-old Kaleb Turner for a laugh and now they say they are doing their best to remember him with a smile.

A memorial full of messages of love and remembrance now adorns 17-year-old Kaleb Turner's locker.

“He was a good kid, just well-liked, just always seemed to be smiling when he came to school,” said Derek McKnight, Principal of Breathitt County High School.

Turner died around 3:30 Monday morning when police say his car crossed the center line of Highway 30 in Jackson, hitting a coal truck head-on. He was pronounced dead at the scene and police say they are still trying to figure out exactly what happened.

“His vehicle left no skid marks. The only skid marks that were found at the scene were from the eighteen wheeler, on the road here,” said Detective Doug Gay with Kentucky State Police.

“It was a very sad moment because we had no idea when we came in the door that it had happened,” said Beverly Neace, Breathitt High School’s Counselor.

She says it has been hard not only for the students, but also the adults as well.

“I've known Kaleb since seventh grade. I did know him personally. It's a real loss to our school community,” she said.

Friends say it is too hard to talk about on camera, but say Turner always provided a good laugh and his teachers agree.

“He had a very good sense of humor, was well-liked, all sorts of potential. Seventh period's a tough time to have class but he participated and it's going to be a tough seventh period today,” said Scott Allen, Turner’s English teacher.

The driver of the coal truck was not injured in the crash.

Turner's visitation is Tuesday evening at the Deaton Funeral Home in Jackson. His funeral will be held Wednesday at the Breathitt County High School gym.

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