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Mercer County cheerleader remembered

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

It's a curve on Perryville Road just outside of Harrodsburg that has claimed lives before and been the scene of hundreds of accidents.
People living along side it say something needs to be done to make it safer.

"When it's raining you just count on it. It's bad," said one resident.

The roads were wet Friday afternoon when Alyssa Kelty, a cheerleader for Mercer County High School, was traveling around it and lost control.

She slammed into an SUV traveling the opposite direction. She died at the scene.

Sunday afternoon close friends and fellow cheerleaders gathered at Mercer County High School to remember her and offer support to one another.

"We call each other everyday and we stay with each other, make sure that everyone is doing ok. Make sure that nobody is alone, by themselves, that they have one other person with them. Because we don't need to be alone," said close friend and fellow cheerleader Laura Cohee.

They decorated her parking spot, writing notes to her on the pavement and on a memorial.
The team reflected on Kelty's leadership.

"She was just so outspoken and so dedicated to everything. She would always be like, 'girls you're doing so good.'"

Friends say Alyssa cheered last season through an injury, a broken knuckle. It's memories like that, that will keep their team strong this year and carrying on.

Notes to Alyssa were also taped to her locker, each one personalized with a memory.

They say they are dedicating the competitive season to her, cheering in her honor.

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