Two killed in Nicholas County crash

Officials in Nicholas County are investigating the deaths of two people following a car accident that happened early on Sunday morning.
Published: Jun. 4, 2023 at 10:12 AM EDT
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CARLISLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Two people are dead after a car crash in Nicholas County.

The crash happened early Sunday morning on Myers Road, about 10 minutes out from Carlisle.

Around 1:30 a.m., 20-year-old Gage Gaunce and 17-year-old Nathaniel Welch were pronounced dead by the Nicholas County Coroner’s Office at the scene.

Sheriff Jeff Sidles says five people were in the car, with two others airlifted and one driven to the hospital.

Nicholas County superintendent Doug Bechanan says Welch was set to be a high school senior this year.

“One of the worst things are as an educator has to deal with is the death of a student, and this is no exception,” said Bechanan.

Bechanan says they have brought in grief counselors for the school community, and says they will stay as long as any of his blue jackets need them.

There is also a GoFundMe set up for Welch’s family if you’d like to support them in this difficult time.

Bechanan says Gaunce spent time at the school as a child before going to Robertson County. A GoFundMe has also been set up by Gaunce’s family.

Gaunce and Welch have been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for further examination.