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2 teens killed in Oldham County crash

Autumn Foree (Source: Facebook) Autumn Foree (Source: Facebook)
Rachel Baines Rachel Baines
Brian Durbin Brian Durbin

BUCKNER, KY (WAVE) – Two teenagers are dead after a vehicle driving with its head lights off tried to evade police.

Oldham County police said around 3:18 a.m. Saturday the Oldham County Sheriff's office attempted to stop the vehicle on West Jefferson Street and Dawkins Road in LaGrange.

Inside the vehicle were Michael Tanner Wheat, 15, and Autumn Marie Foree, 14.

The vehicle continued to travel at a high rate of speed and hit a parked car and an electric pole in the 4300 block of KY 146 in Oldham County.

Saturday, LG&E crews spent much of the day repairing damage to at least one utility pole in the area.

"A lesson that can be learned from this is obviously, when you're traveling at night, please have your headlights on and if a police officer tries to stop you, please stop for the police officer," Officer Sarah King with the Oldham County Police Department said.

Brian Durbin lives near the crash site and said he heard the accident happening, "All at once, I heard a lot of noise and everything just went black. So, then I saw all the blue lights flashing through the window."

The driver, Wheat, was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, Foree, was taken to University Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 9:15 a.m.

"It's a tragedy. It's just tragic. I feel for both the families," Durbin said.

"It doesn't seem real at all. It really doesn't," said Rachel Baines, who knew Foree. "Honestly, when I first found out, my heart just broke. I just started crying in the church parking lot."

Foree lived next door to Baines.

"She's kind of like this amazing person that you just wanted to know," Baines said. "She was kind of bubbly. She had this great beautiful smile that everyone could just love."

Baines was having a tough time coping with the loss of someone she knew, "I'm sure that both of them are just there right where they need to be up there with God."

Baines told WAVE 3 that Foree was looking forward to and was nervous about starting her freshman year at Oldham County High School this Fall. Now, two families are in mourning. "I'm so sorry. I mean, it's such a heartache to lose such amazing kids like that."

Police said neither Tanner nor Foree had a license. Police told WAVE 3 they are awaiting toxicology results and the investigation is ongoing.

If you have any additional information you are asked to call Oldham County Police at (502) 222-1300.

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