First responders describe aftermath of crash that killed four teens

Herbert Lee
Herbert Lee

By Mike Dever - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Testimony continued for a second day Tuesday in the murder trial of a man who crashed a stolen car into a tree in 2008, killing four passengers. Three brothers - Jemar, Demar and Marc Claybrooks - and their friend, Aaron Shields, died in the crash.

The four teens had attended an event held by Youth Alive on Dec. 18 and needed a ride home, but the driver of the van asked them to find another way home. That's when they got into the car with Herbert Lee, who was 16 at the time, and did not have a driver's license or permit.

The impact of the crash tore the Honda Accord in half, and emergency responders described the horrific crash scene to jurors.

"The car had wrecked - it was just in pieces everywhere," said one of the first LMPD officers on the scene. "There were bodies everywhere. It was just a really graphic, chaotic scene. There were officers doing CPR - we just couldn't get enough people there fast enough."

Sixteen-year-old Jemar was still conscious when he was taken to University Hospital, but he died before going into surgery. His brothers, 16-year-old Demar, and 14-year-old Marc were pronounced dead at the scene along with Aaron Shields.

Prosecutors also called Kentucky Chief Medical Examiner Tracy Corey as a witness, who described the teens' fatal injuries and testified that toxicology reports came back negative for drugs and alcohol.

Also on the stand was Shantel Brown, the owner of the stolen car Lee was driving. She says it was stolen from her driveway on Dec. 6. The keys were in the ignition and the engine was running because she was warming it up. Brown testified that she did not know Lee and did not give him permission to take the car.

The judge called a recess since the Commonwealth had called all of its witnesses. Testimony was set to resume Oct. 20.

Lee could face life in prison if convicted.

We'll have an update coming up on WAVE 3 News.

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