LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The victim of a rollover accident at Cherokee Park has been identified. 16-year-old Natalie Thompson was killed around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when the SUV she was a passenger in crashed. Now family and friends remember the girl who would have been a junior this fall at Mercy Academy.
Louisville Metro Police say when the SUV sped off the pavement in the 1800 block of Cherokee Road near Hogan's Fountain, Natalie was riding in the very back, behind the back seat by the rear hatch. That hatch that opened during the rollover ejecting her.
With seven survivors, word spread quickly that Natalie had died. At a field hockey game Wednesday night, the team she used to play for at St. Agnes displayed their connection to Natalie as so many others have already done.
"There's a lot of people that have called to convey their thoughts and prayers and condolences and it's much appreciated and we want to make sure everybody knows that," said Greg Bennett, Natalie's uncle.
"It's been really tough. I thought I'd be strong. I went to Natalie's house today and I just broke down," said Claire Jury, Natalie's neighbor.
Despite all those tears, so many good memories surfaced as well.
"She could make anybody laugh anything. She was so positive about everything," Jury said.
"She's very personable, very nice and she's gonna be sorely missed," said Bennett.
There are no reports of any life threatening injuries to any of the other seven kids in the SUV. So far, LMPD is only saying that excessive speed led to the rollover.