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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  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    happy birthday in heaven kaleband u will be missed by so many people that love you may 19 and we will see you again someday
  • by bub Location: breathitt ky on Oct 27, 2010 at 06:53 PM
    Kaleb wasnt just my bestfriend, he was my left hand man, n just not that either, he was my brother that engraved a spot in my heart n plenty other. Its been 2 years n i still cant embrace the fact that hes gone. Even thou somtime i feel him right beside me. But i miss my little brother more then anything n its hard going threw life with out him.. i remember sitting up late on schools night talk with him about life after grad. Me,him n nick where going to move in togather on conoe. Go to the army n kick some tail. Sometime i wonder if this is all just a nightmare n when will i ever wake up but kaleb sure was a one of a kind rebel. Miss bro n ill alway love ya. Better be at thous gate waiting for me. Love ya ur other brother greg
  • by john Location: jackson on Aug 23, 2010 at 02:32 AM
    he was the kind of person you only meet once in a life time i still think of him often and know this changed a lot of lifes for the worst to lose him you will be loved and missed forever
  • by amber Location: neace on Dec 8, 2009 at 10:48 AM
    joshua combs an amber neace miss u kaleb...love yah lots
  • by Tori; Location: Lost Creek on Aug 25, 2009 at 06:07 AM
    -kaleb was the greatest thing to ever happen to me; he really meant the world to me, and ill never forget him. I luv you kaleb, more than you'll ever know; the time we spent together&memories we had were beyond amazing and ill cherish them always. I luv you Kaleb Alan Turner; I miss youu soo much babe;
  • by Chastity Location: Turner on Mar 3, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    Kaleb is my son. Please continue to pray for our family as we still continue to deal with our loss. Also pray for the community and all the lives Kaleb touched. I miss you so much Kaleb.
  • by Adrianna Sisk Location: georgia on Nov 6, 2008 at 01:39 PM
    kaleb was a great guy i love him like he was my big brother every time greg would bother me kaleb was always there lol we all goofed of to gether i miss kaleb i love you bub !! rest in peace
  • by Kayla Location: Jackson High on Oct 20, 2008 at 07:18 AM
    Kaleb was an awesome person, and everytime he was with my sister at our house we always had fun. I love him like he's my brother. It's hard to believe, but i think it's absurd that people are blaming my sister for what has happened, and the things people are saying about this situation, is unbelieveable.... RIP Kaleb, Love you!!!!
  • by brittany Location: trent on Oct 19, 2008 at 04:50 PM
    i loved him..well he was a good person had a great sense of homor he is missed
  • by shelby Location: Blanchester, OH on Oct 17, 2008 at 01:06 PM
    kaleb was always the one person who could make me smile no matter how bad of a mood i was in. He was my "awesome bestest friend" and i really am going to miss him. My prayers go out to his family.
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