Nelson County teen killed in car accident on way to school

Published: Sep. 10, 2015 at 6:08 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2015 at 6:08 PM EDT
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BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A high school student died in a crash on her way to school Thursday morning.

Taylor Brooke Martin, 17, was pronounced dead on the scene by the Nelson County Coroner. Her cause of death was trauma from the accident.

The wreck happened on Nat Rogers Road near Simon Greenwell Lane around 8 a.m. Martin lost control in a curve and hit a tree, said police.

No one else was in the car with her.

At this time, the speed at which she was driving along with wet pavement are thought to be the cause of the crash, according to Sgt. Kaelen Matthews with the Nelson County Sheriff's Office.

Martin attended Thomas Nelson High School (TNHS) in Bardstown but lived in Boston. 

Students at Thomas Nelson High School said they were shocked to hear of the death of their friend and fellow classmate. Her friends said Martin was a senior soccer player with a bright future.

"She had so much going for her she was an amazing soccer player and amazing friend and she had a big future ahead of her," said Thomas Nelson senior Kelsey Cooke. "It's going to be different, it's hard to like cope with and wake up and realize she's not going to be there."

Cooke and Danielle McDonnell were set to graduate with Martin in the spring. They said she was the light of every classroom and always had a smile on her face.

McDonnell had heard from Martin Thursday morning and said she and the other students at THNS are having a difficult time understanding why the accident took their friend.  

"She never gets to graduate, she'll never get to go to college, she'll never get to touch a soccer ball again," said McDonnell. "If anybody deserves to experience all that, it's her. She was the nicest person I had ever met in my whole life."

Students at Thomas Nelson said they are working to support each other and honor the life of Martin. They are asking all students in Nelson County to wear purple, Martin's favorite color, to school on Friday.

Anthony Orr, the Superintendent of Nelson County Schools, released the following statement in the wake of Martin's death:

Today we lost a remarkable young General. Our Thomas Nelson High School staff and district counsellors were on site supporting students as the school and community begin the grieving process.

Though Nelson County covers a large area, we are a close community and this young lady touched many lives, so staff in all of our schools were watchful for any in need of assistance today. District counselors will be at TNHS again tomorrow and as needed in the coming days.

All evening activities at TNHS tonight [Thursday] are canceled, but most of all, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

Funeral arrangements for Martin are pending.

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