Organ donor saves lives

CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Remembering the ones dearest to our hearts. That's what a Kentucky family will be forced to do after Letcher County native Jacob Lucas died Monday night from a car accident he was in on Friday. But pieces of him will live on through others.

Mile marker 16 of the Hal Rogers Parkway is where crews are restoring a concrete bridge deck. It is also where 21-year-old Letcher County native Jacob Lucas crashed into a wrecker on Friday which was stopped at a temporary red light. Lucas died two days later at UK Hospital.

"I think it was the biggest shock that I have ever received in my life. I'm still in shock. I still don't realize that I'm getting ready to go and plan a funeral for my brother," said Hannah Lucas, Jacob Lucas' sister.

She says her brother drove from his home in Russell County hundreds of times to visit family in Letcher County. Police have not said why Jacob Lucas did not stop his pickup truck, but road workers say you need to pay extra attention in work zones.

"The driver can never take for granted that the miles ahead of them and in the same condition that they were the day before. We just ask folks really pay attention to their surroundings," said Jonathan Dobson with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Transportation officials urge you to follow these recommendations for staying safe driving through work zones or just on the roads.

Hannah Lucas says it is comforting knowing that as an organ donor, her brother saved at least four lives.

"This is god's gift to them. It really is. from my brother, it is a gift, and if anybody can get a glimpse of the happiness I received from my brother, they will be blessed," Hannah Lucas said.

She also says her brother loved making people smile, and he will brighten the lives of countless others, even after he is gone.

Transportation officials expect the restoration of that bridge to be completed by Aug. 30.

Funeral arrangements for Jacob Lucas are not yet complete.

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