North Bullitt graduates killed in weather-related crash
Destinee Barr (left) and Marissa Elmore (Source: Bullitt County Public Schools)
VERSAILLES, KY (WAVE) - Police say driving rain and high winds made an already-dangerous intersection all but blinding Halloween night. It cost two recent graduates of North Bullitt High School their lives.
"I just don't see how people can die so quickly," Kayla Capps told WAVE 3 News Friday. "I never saw it coming."
Capps said her friends - Destinee Barr, 18, and Marissa Elmore, 19, were headed to a party on the University of Kentucky campus. US 421 is a popular shortcut off of Interstate 64 into downtown Lexington. But at the intersection with Kentucky 341, there is no stop sign.
"Either she (Barr) didn't realize that, or she simply didn't see the pickup," said Lt. Daniel Clark of the Versailles Police Department.
The pickup struck Barr's Kia on the driver's side. She and Elmore likely were killed instantly. The third person in the car, their friend, Miranda Smith, 19, is listed in fair condition at UK Hospital.
"I've learned a lot from these students about grief," North Bullitt Principal Jeff Marshall said. "And one of the things is to be real honest with them."
Marshall broke the news to the North Bullitt student body Friday morning about the three young women who just graduated in May.
"They were good girls," Capps said. "Did everything for everybody, helped as much as they could."
Barr and Elmore loved softball, and played for the North Bullitt Eagles. Elmore also was a cheerleader, and was hopeful she could continue that in college. Elmore applied her drive and dedication to an off-campus project as well; Green Hill Therapy, an equine program for special needs children in Eastern Jefferson County.
"It was her senior project," coordinator Kitty Key said. "She'd make that drive at least once a week, for kids she just absolutely fell in love with."
"These are challenging children, who need a lot of love," Key said, choking back tears. "She was a real leader. Helped us raise money. She was definitely sent from heaven."
Key wants Elmore's family to know that her love and energy were boundless. Capps has lost friends of such long standing, they're family.
"I don't want to believe it! I'm in denial," she said. But we're gonna come together as a community, to get through this together."