UPDATE: Family, friends remember young victim of Floyd Co. car crash

By: Matthew Rand, Erika Glover Email
By: Matthew Rand, Erika Glover Email
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FLOYD Co., Ky. (WYMT) - UPDATE: 08-10-14 11 p.m.

Rain or shine members of the Wheelwright community said they are coming together to remember 20-year-old Chase Thornsbury.

ATV's, cars, and bikes lined up one by one Sunday afternoon for a bike ride. All in memory of the South Floyd High School graduate who died in a car accident last November.

Clark Thornsbury is Chase's father. He said, "To see his friends riding like he did, you know it's just, it's just heartbreaking."

Chase would of turned 21-years-old August 11th.

Meshawna Ray was Chase's fiancée. "He was a loving person," Ray said. "Everyone loved him, he was full of life, and he was so bubbly. You couldn't have a bad day around him."

Brandon Hutchinson said Chase was his close friend. He arrived in a car with Chase's picture posted proudly on the driver's side.

"I wish he was still with us," said Hutchinson. He said he'll never forget the good times they shared just riding dirt bikes.

Hutchinson said, "It's things like that I want to remember of him."

Everyone at event said they miss him, but know he is there in spirit.
Ask any member of Douglas Chase Thornsbury's family, and they'll tell you he was a young man full of life.

"He loved everybody, everybody loved him," said his aunt Debbie Hall. "He was spontaneous, outgoing, courageous, energetic."

The 20-year-old Wheelwright native was involved in a single car crash over the weekend.

Officials say the accident happened in the early hours of the morning Saturday, on Route 979 outside Hi Hat.

Thornsbury was flown to UK Hospital in Lexington, where he later died.

A 2012 graduate of South Floyd high school, students Monday wore white T-shirts in honor of Thornsbury's trademark look. The principal says the whole school took the news hard.

"Counselors were available and they assisted several students throughout the day to deal with the tragedy," principal Joe Marson said.

Thornsbury was engaged to be married, and was studying diesel mechanics at Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

"He loved to ride motorcycles, that was his main thing," said Kyle Berger, a cousin. "He loved Kentucky basketball too; I mean he loved it just as much as I do."

"In his short 20 years he lived longer than 50 and 60 year olds. He lived on the edge and he liked that," said Amy Tackett, another cousin.

His passion for life is something family members say they will never forget.

The cause of the wreck is still under investigation. The coroner is waiting on toxicology results to determine if alcohol was involved.

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