14-Year-Old Driver Killed In Lexington Crash

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A teenager is dead after crash on a Lexington road.

It happened just before 9 p.m. Monday night on Bryan Station road not far from the Bourbon County line.

Police say a car full of teenagers crashed into a fence then hit another fence before coming to rest.

Police say the driver, 14-year-old Larry Chowning, III, of Lexington was killed instantly.

At least four other teens were in the car, but suffered only minor injuries.

Witnesses say the car was going more than 100 miles per hour before it crashed.

Janet Bacon claims she knows all six teenagers. She thinks they were probably "hill hopping." She says teenagers often reach high speeds on Bryan Station road, and other rural roads, trying to go airborne over the tops of hills.

Bacon says Chowning's father nearly died in a similar crash years ago. She also says the car belongs to one of the passengers involved in the crash.

A toxicology test will be done on Chowning's body, but police say they do not expect drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

The names of the other people involved in the crash have not been released.


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  • by SOMEONE on Sep 27, 2007 at 10:22 AM
    ALL iM SAY`N iS THAT PEOPLE NEED T0 ST0P RUNNiNG THERE M0UTHS WHEN Y0U CAN TELL THAT. Y0U DiDNT KN0W LARRY AT ALL. Y0U THiNK Y0U KN0W iT ALL WHEN REALLY Y0U HAVE N0 iDEA WHAT WAS G0iN THRU HiS HEAD. AND PEOPLE SAY HE WAS TRYiNG T0 iMPRESS THE GURLS iN THE CAR AND H0W STUPiD THAT WAS WELL THE MY2CENTS PERS0N Y0UR RUNNING Y0UR M0UTH AB0UT THE MYSPACE STUFF WELL L00K AT HiS PICS WiT HiS GURLFRiEND. i THiNK HE WAS IN LOVE WITH HER. &&` iT REALLY BREAKS MY HEART PEOPLE WHO DONT KNOW HIM JUDGE HiM WELL ALL THE JUDGiNGS iN GODS HANDS NOW SO KEEP THE NEGATIVE STUFF TO YOUR SELF
  • by Ashley Location: Lexington on Aug 24, 2007 at 10:49 PM
    Thank you Johanna, you made my point perfectly.
  • by Johanna Location: Richmond. on Aug 16, 2007 at 10:16 AM
    I agree with Ashley. And I understand watch she's going through. A son, brother, cousin, and friend have been lost. But I don't chose to blame anyone. Simply because Larry was only being a teenage. If I had the keys to a car that would go over 100 I'd drive too. Accidents are always unexpected, and they are never anybodys fault. Instead of all you people putting the blame on Larry, or his parents, or anyone else. Look at the bigger picture. A life has been lost. A student that will never sit in a classroom again. A friend that will never be seen again. A boyfriend that has broken the one he loves heart because he's not there by her side anyone. An angel sent to heaven, but still missed on earth. Everything happens for a reason, but when the ones you love are gone, it hurts. People that are blaming the parents, imagine if you lost your child. How would you feel if someone blamed you for your childs death?Instead of playing the blame game. How about you show some respect for Larry!
  • by Ashley Location: Lexington on Aug 8, 2007 at 07:01 PM
    GET A GRIP! we are talking about a 14 year old boy who is gone! A 15 year old sister who had to bury her best friend and brother. Parents who let their child go to a friends house only to get a phone call later that night telling them they will never see their son again! I lost my cousin that night, I had to comfort my aunt as she burried her son. Why are my aunt and uncles parenting skills being questioned? For that matter why are anyone's parenting skills being questioned? Are you telling me that none of you great parents have let your kid go out of the house to hang out with friends? And further more, he was 14. You hand your 14 year old keys to a car and I bet they will take it. Don't blame Larry for wanting to drive fast. It was a thrill to him and the others in the car up until the tragic accident. Contrary to popular belief, and misinformed reports, those kids egged Larry on. Don't blame a kid for being a kid. What he did was wrong, but who is perfect? Thank God Larry was saved.
  • by Scoop Location: northeastern Ky. on Aug 3, 2007 at 11:49 AM
    This type of accident will happen again. More teenagers have access to deadly motor vehicles than ever before and many simply do not behave sensibly. Here's the thing kids There are no guarentees in this life and life can be extremely hard, but it is a lot harder when you behave foolishly. It's just an act of God that everyone in the car and perhaps anpother bus load of kids wasn't killed by an adolescant seeking attention from his peers and them not having aenough maturity to take control of a deadly situation. I don't know where any of the parents were. It is clear where they weren't. So sad and so preventable. Parents and young people, please learn to say the word no because we all ave to live on the same crowded planet and some of us are getting fed up with kids whpo will do anything at anytime without any accountability.
  • by kelly Location: waynesburg on Aug 3, 2007 at 11:21 AM
    If they never get mad at you for how you raise them then you are not doing you job. It takes tuff love, persistence, and repetition to make it work. They have to know there are consequences to their actions and they have to know you will not falter on your words. If you warn them and they do it, follow up and stick to your guns
  • by kelly Location: waynesburg on Aug 3, 2007 at 11:20 AM
    Hot of the press David Childress did not have a license to drive nor did he own this car in question. The car actually belongs to Aunt Lisa L Potter who allowed the chain of events to be placed in motion. Here all this time we have placed blame on the 18 year old and now his Aunt will have to share the burden of poor choices. The plot thickens, such a shame there was not any sensible adult around to intervene on this. Everyone say he was a kid he did not know any better, I was 14 and did some of the same wild and stupid things, I knew at the time that it was stupid and someone could get hurt, I thought I was unbreakable and that only happened to people far away from here, it never hit so close to home. These actions happen often when unsupervised children are allowed to run around with the older kids. Parents know who they hang out with and question everything. If your kids get mad at you from time to time for saying no, smile you know you are doing your job.
  • by Dad Location: Lexington on Aug 3, 2007 at 03:42 AM
    Hey Jesika - please tell me what the "whole story" is since you seem to know. Unless it's something other than an 18 year old letting a 14 year old drive a vehicle at 100mph or better and they crashed with the 14 year old dying, you don't know jack. By the way sweetie, your spelling and grammar tells me you better stay in school and pay attention or you are on a path to destruction. Read your post again and tell me if it makes sense. All of you kids who seem to know better and are defending the actions of this tragedy need to pull you head out of your a$$ and wake up.
  • by Granny Location: Pikeville on Aug 3, 2007 at 03:37 AM
    We all know that kids make mistakes and nobodys kid is perfect but that is not the argument some people are making here. My kids were not perfect but they never would dream of doing anything as stupid as this. When people are saying that "your kids aren't perfect and all kids get into trouble" that is a very valid point. But you have to understand that there is a difference between mischief and totally stupid. This was totally stupid and the 18 year old who let the kid drive proves he is totally irresponsible which is why I question the age of 18 as being an adult; I always have and always will. There are some who are mature but when you really look into it, 18 is not mature.
  • by Mike Location: Lexington on Aug 2, 2007 at 06:27 PM
    First off Jesika; learn to spell. Secondly, it has now been reported that an 18 year old let the 14 year old drive. My question is this; what parent would let their 14 year old hang out with an 18 year old in the first place? Maybe they didn't know, so I'm just asking. I sure as hell wouldn't let mine do that. Rick from Georgetown is totally right. The first comment from "jpres" as quoted goes "Rest in peace my (edited), you'll be rememberd for sure" My guess is the edited word is the "N" word only the different variation of spelling. Yeah, nice friends!

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