Widow of man killed in chase says children miss their father

James Fentress (source: family photo)
James Fentress (source: family photo)

By Scott Reynolds - bio | email
Posted by Mike Dever - email

RADCLIFF, KY (WAVE) - The wife of a man killed in a traffic crash during a police chase last weekend says their three children must now grow up without their father.

James Fentress, 36, was killed June 6 when police say a stolen SUV driven by 24-year-old Brandon Lee Jessie of Knob Lick, KY crashed into Fentress's car as he tried to get away from police.

According to police reports, Jessie had reached speeds of up to 125 miles per hour before the crash.

Fentress's wife, LaShonda, says her husband spent his entire life in the Hardin County area and that hundreds of citizens have approached her to say how much they will miss him.

"He was 36 years old, LaShonda said. "So I have people coming up to me every day 'I knew your husband,' or 'I worked with your husband, and we're really going to miss him because he really was a good person.'"

LaShonda says she met her husband in 1998, when she was 17, and they've been together ever since.

"Like I said, he was my soulmate and always will be," LaShonda said. "You have one love, and it's going to stay that way forever."

LaShonda says their 10- and 7-year-old sons and 6-year-old daughter ask about their father every day. "He was an excellent daddy," she said.

As for the suspect accused of causing the deadly crash that took her husband from her, LaShonda had this to say:

"I just want him to realize that he has taken a very important person out of this world that was not ready to go," LaShonda said. "I mean my kids are very small and they won't have their dad there to hold their hands."

A memorial and funeral service was planned for June 11 at Bible Baptist Church in Radcliff starting at 6 p.m.

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