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

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - 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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