Shelby County High School student killed in crash

Shelby County High School student killed in crash remembered during game in Henry County

SHELBY COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – A Shelby County High School junior died in a single vehicle car crash Thursday.

The crash was reported in the 1300 block of Hempridge Road around 5:50 p.m., according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the vehicle was going southbound when the driver lost control and hit a fence on the east side of the road.

Blake Palmer, 17, died in the crash. The high school junior was a Shelby County High School baseball player.

Shelby County Chief Coroner Jeff Ivers said it was raining and the roads were wet at the time of the crash.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

“This tragic event touches the entire school community and I want you to be informed in order to discuss it with your child,” Dr. James Neihof, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent, said in a letter to parents.

Grief counselors were at Shelby County High School Friday morning to meet with any students and staff who needed to talk.

Shelby County High School Athletics tweeted about the loss Friday asking the community for prayers for the family and school.

On Friday, Shelby County High School's basketball team played Henry County High School. It was Henry County's homecoming, but they carved out a few moments to remember Palmer.

Erica Bratcher said she grew up going to school with Palmer.

“I’ve known him since elementary school,” Bratcher said. “After I moved I didn’t really talk to him much, but he was like a great kid."

On Friday, Bratcher and her teacher Alex Harrison started planning a way Henry County High School could honor Palmer.

They made signs, “Palmer Strong” t-shirts, and asked all of the students to come to the basketball game wearing blue, instead of their school colors red and white.

“We mainly just spread the word,” Harrison said. “We originally had this planned as a white out because it’s homecoming week. And end of the day we said everyone wear blue and every student I’ve seen is wearing blue."

Henry County held a moment of silence before the basketball game.

Cheerleaders and fans across the gym wore blue ribbons in honor of Palmer.

The gesture to wear blue and hang up signs in honor of Palmer meant a lot to Shelby County fan Snake Burns.

“It means they feel the pain for our kids and Blake's family feel,” Burns said. “That they've lost someone part of their athletic community.”

Burns didn’t know Palmer well, but said it’s been tough on the community.

“A very happy, go-lucky young man,” Burns said of Palmer. “Always smiling, loved baseball. Very polite, very courteous young man.”

Funeral services for Palmer will be on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Shelby Christian Church at 3 p.m.

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