Teen Dies From Injuries Suffered In Crash

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A Dunbar High School student has passed away from injuries resulting from a crash.

17-Year old Jesse Higgenbotham died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center this morning. The coroner's report says Higgenbotham died of multiple blunt force trauma.
We’re told he had a number of facial fractures and brain swelling.

Police say the Dunbar High School junior and three senior girls were involved in the crash at around 8:00 on westbound Versailles Road. The crash happened not far from Keeneland.

Police say the tire on the red Geo Prism went flat, causing the driver to lose control. The car slammed into a Keeneland vehicle that was parked on the side of the road. An employee of the track had stopped to turn on a message board sign.

The driver, Colleen Moureaux, and another passenger, were treated and released.
Mercedes Hopewell is still at UK. She's listed in serious condition.

School officials have an emergency crisis response team that is prepared to go to Dunbar.

The Lexington Legends held a moment of silence Thursday night for the Dunbar student killed in the car crash. Thursday night was Dunbar night at Applebees Park. It was supposed to be a time to honor the cheerleaders but instead the attention shifted to honoring the 17 year old.

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  • by Suzy Location: Louisville on May 3, 2008 at 10:09 AM
    This is simply another incident in which the marketing of Keeneland is more important than the safety of the community at large. It was more important that Keeneland get their light turned on than it was to have the emergency lane, NOT the side of the road, open to a Keeneland employee to turn on their advertising sign. The fact that a real emergency might occur meant nothing to Keeneland in the grand scheme of making their money is concerned. When their employees' children die, they need to keep in mind that it's for the greater good of the track and the Lexington community at large that the board at Keeneland makes a ton of money, rather than worry about the safety of drivers. Keeneland OWNS Lexington, and don't ever any of the mere plebes in this town forget that.
  • by brittany Location: lexington on Jan 2, 2008 at 04:39 PM
    i think that teenagers should be adle to drive but under a certian speed limit like 40 or45 no more tgey should always have there seat belts on and eyes on the road and there should be a limit to how long they should drive on the road like to 12:00 at night and shouldn't not leave intell like 9:00 in the morning and should not drink and drive or they have drinked some they still should not drive.no one is infuault it was gods planing book who did this to this young man it. i give my heart to the parents of this young man i am very sorry for what happend i cant belive what you are going througth i fell very sorry for the parents .
  • by Michael Location: Stanford on Apr 20, 2007 at 04:26 PM
    Again I must repeat, that this accident was no one's fault. God has a plan for all of this and we may not know now what it is but some day we will. My prayers go out to all the young people that were involved in this accident, as well as their families. You will be included in my prayers not only now, but for the months to come. God Bless!!
  • by Mary on Apr 20, 2007 at 03:47 PM
    R.I.P Jesse... We will miss you!!!!!!! I will always remember that funny, happy kid who sat near me at lunch. The Bulldogs will miss you!
  • by Heath Location: Frankfort on Apr 20, 2007 at 07:23 AM
    R.I.P Jesse.
  • by Hannah Location: Lexington on Apr 20, 2007 at 06:48 AM
    We will miss Jesse deatly.
  • by Tammy Location: Lexington on Apr 20, 2007 at 06:25 AM
    Jesse, eventhough I didn't give birth to you, I still loved you like you were my own son. No one can ever take away the memories I have of you. I'm going to miss you and that hair. Love ya much,
  • by Stephanie Location: Nicholasville on Apr 20, 2007 at 03:13 AM
    My thoughts and prayers are with the families of all involved in the wreck and especially young Jesse's family. The wreck is no one's fault it could happen to anyone, any age, at any time, tire blow outs happen.
  • by Regina Location: Pineville.ky on Apr 19, 2007 at 07:34 PM
    There was a serious accident on us25E last Saturday morning and everyone I have spoken to has no information. Can you tell me why? There have been other serious accidents reported why not this one? Thank You, Regina
  • by Matt Location: Lexington on Apr 19, 2007 at 06:39 PM
    Jesse, you'll be missed. Have no doubt you'll live on through the ones you loved.


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