Two Teens From Kentucky Killed In Crash Near Topeka

By Maureen Kyle

(LOUISVILLE, July 16th, 2004) -- A car crash in Kansas has taken the lives of two Louisville teens with a bright future. One had just finished her first year of college, and the other was about to start. But both were killed in a car accident Wednesday night just outside Topeka. WAVE 3's Maureen Kyle reports.

People who knew 19-year-old Jenny Goodhue and 18-year-old Sam Adams say they worked to make a difference in the world. The two were sweethearts who spent their spare time giving to others. They're now being remembered by those whose lives they touched.

Jenny and Sam were driving on Interstate 70 through Kansas to Colorado to visit Jenny's father. Kansas State Police say a rear tire blew just outside of Topeka, causing the car to careen out of control and into the path of an oncoming van.

Crescent Hill Baptist Church Youth Minister Anita Roper says Jenny and Sam met at church and became fast friends. "There was a group of them that did a lot of things together, and at some point they just started dating. And that was it, that was them."

Anita says both Jenny and Sam were active in church functions, even traveling to Kenya on a church mission last summer. "They both were kids that they thought deeply about things. They wanted to understand things. They wanted to contribute to things. But at the same time, in the most childish of ways, you could see them having the best time ever.

Jenny was a student at UofL, and Sam would have been a freshman at Bellarmine University this fall. Pictures and memories of the two teens have been put up on the church's website, and support meetings have been planned for church members. "As hard as the last two days have been, I think the next few will be much much harder," Anita says.

Funeral services for jenny and sam will be held at the church where they met -- a single service for the couple.

Online Reporter: Maureen Kyle

Online Producer: Michael Dever