Family remembers Knox County teacher, football coach who died in wreck

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - A family and a community are remembering a man who was a teacher, coach, husband and father who died in a tragic Knox County crash.

Brian Justice was on his way to work Monday when a tractor-trailer and his car collided at a busy Barbourville intersection. He was traveling to McDonald's before work when he was at the intersection of U.S. 25 and Old U.S. 25. The coroner pronounced him dead at the scene.

Justice's step-daughter Summer Mills says the family is not really sure what caused the crash. Kentucky Commercial Vehicle Enforcement says a tractor-trailer driven by a Bowling Green woman was the other vehicle involved in the crash.

Mills called Justice an outstanding family man, teacher and coach.

“We have had kids from the learning academy message me and my mother, and they are like, ‘You don’t understand the impact.’ He was helping kids who were about to not graduate, to get a diploma," Mills said.

Justice was an assistant coach for the Lynn Camp High School Wildcats football team. The team will honor him and give the game ball to his family as they compete for a district title against Williamsburg at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Wildcats will paint a paw print on the field in checkerboard fashion, as Justice was a Tennessee Volunteers fan.

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