Friends Speak Out About UK Students' Deaths

Two University of Kentucky students have been killed and another injured when their car crossed the median of Interstate 75 and collided with a tractor-trailer rig.

Kentucky State Police say the crash occurred Sunday afternoon in Rockcastle County, south of Renfro Valley and about 40 miles south of Lexington.

Troopers said those killed were 20-year-old Thomas May of Louisville, who drove the sedan, and 18-year-old Bradley Hall of Rockfield, who was a front seat passenger.

A rear-seat passenger was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. He is 18-year-old Ben Cooley of Harrodsburg. Hospital spokeswoman Melissa Hounshell says Cooley is listed in good condition.

The truck driver was taken to a hospital as a precaution. He is 51-year-old James Donaldson of Oregon, Ohio.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by sue on Nov 12, 2008 at 10:49 AM
    Lets remember all the familys in prayer.Right now god is the only one that can help these grieving families and prayer can mean a lot. God bless them all.
  • by Chelsea Location: Oregon, Ohio on Nov 10, 2008 at 04:41 PM
    I can't stop thinking about this, and I will pray for all three of these men's families, for Ben to get better, and for James Donaldson (the semi driver) to make it through experiencing a tragedy like this.
  • by Bub Location: Georgetown on Nov 10, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    I've lost (2) close friends to motorcycle accidents and it's very hard to deal with something like this. My friends were (32) and (26) at the time of their deaths and they both had large, loving families, which made it that much harder. None of us know God's plan but rest assured that God knows what He's doing and all things happen for a reason. Earthly life is temporary and we all have an expiration date. Some of us live longer than others but some of us are taken much sooner. That's why I think it's imperative that we all should turn to Christ while we still have a chance and also help steer others to Him as well before it's too late!!! May God Bless the families of these two kids and their friends as well.
  • by Rachel Location: Springboro, Ohio on Nov 10, 2008 at 12:54 PM
    I will be having EVERYONE pray for the two killed and for the students at UK. And for Ben i love him to death and he will pull through this with everyone to help him! especially God! :D Ben is a dear friend of mine and i know he is strong and will keep faith in the Lord!! love you ben
  • by Frank Location: Georgetown on Nov 10, 2008 at 12:17 PM
    Very sad!!!! My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their friends and their families.
  • by Ashley Location: Rockfield on Nov 10, 2008 at 11:14 AM
    Bradley was such a blessing to everyone that knew him. He will be greatly missed in our community and especially in his church. May God comfort his family during these hard times.
  • by Monsignor Michael Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fl on Nov 10, 2008 at 09:00 AM
    Eternal rest grant to Thomas and Bradley O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them: may they rest in peace. Amen And may your healing touch be placed upon Ben that he may soon return to serving you. Lord, let your arms surround the members of their families so that the intensity of their grief may be softened.
  • by penny Location: nancy on Nov 10, 2008 at 07:32 AM
    my deepest sympathy to all friends and family involved in this terrible tradgedy
  • by One Who Cares Location: KY on Nov 10, 2008 at 07:14 AM
    This tragedy breaks my heart. There is absolutely nothing worse than losing a child. My heart and prayers go out to all the families.
  • by melinda Location: mount sterling on Nov 10, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    my prayers are with all the families and everyone involved.
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