In Oct. 15 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
One Russell County High School junior was killed Monday morning and another airlifted to UK Hospital after a one-vehicle wreck half a mile north of Eli on KY 76, according to the Kentucky State Police.
The accident occurred at 10:45 a.m., when Brently R. Frost, 17, of Russell Springs was driving a 2003 Ford Focus, lost control in a curve, ran off the roadway and struck a tree, according to state police.
Frost's passenger, Travis Popplewell, 17, of Russell Springs was pronounced dead at the scene by Russell County Coroner Larry Skaggs.
Skaggs said Popplewell, who was a junior at RCHS, died from multiple blunt force injuries to his head and body.
"No words can ever express the grief of the students and staff at our school when one of our own students loses his or her life," said RCHS Principal Darren Gossage in a prepared statement. "This is true now with the recent tragedy and loss of one of our 11th graders, Travis Popplewell."
Gossage said Russell County High School faculty and staff are deeply moved by the loss and that school officials extend their sympathy to Popplewell's family and friends.
"They are in our thoughts and prayers," he said. "Travis will be dearly missed."
Frost was flown from the scene via emergency helicopter to the UK Chandler Medical Center in Lexington where he was listed in fair condition at press time.
Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt, according to state police.
School was not in session on Monday due to teachers participating in professional development training at the Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium Complex.
Counselors were available throughout the week to provide grief counseling and assistance to high school students, faculty and staff, according to Gossage.
The collision is being investigated by Trooper John Barnett with the state police.