Two teens killed in crash in Oldham County
La Grange, Ky. (WDRB)--- A community is hit hard after two teenagers are killed in a crash early this morning in Oldham County.
What makes this story even more tragic is that the teens weren't even old enough to drive.
The driver was 15 years old. The passenger just 14. They died apparently trying to run from police.
A section of KY 146 in La Grange has been closed all day, as LG&E crews repair the damage from the accident. Coping with the loss of 15-year-old Michael Tanner Wheat and 14-year-old Autumn Floree will take much longer.
Police say Wheat was speeding when he lost control, hit parked cars and slammed into a utility pole. According to police, it all started at about 3:15 in the morning, when an Oldham County deputy tried to pull Wheat over for driving without headlights.
"As the Oldham County Sheriff's Deputy tried to stop the vehicle, the vehicle took off on the deputy and Oldham County Police got involved in the high speed chase. Oldham County Police assisted in locating the vehicle. The vehicle ended up hitting a bunch of parked cars and electric poles in the 4300 block of KY 146," said Oldham Co. Police spokesperson Sarah King.
Wheat was killed immediately. Floree died later at University Hospital.
Brian Durbin lives across the street from the accident scene.
"Sounded like somebody outside spinning tires. Then there was an awful crash noise and everything went black. Before I Realized what was going on, I saw the blue lights," said Durbin.
And Durbin says the scene was horrific.
"The car, it was destroyed. I don't even want to think about it. They wouldn't let us get real close but, I just kinda wanted to forget it. There's been accidents in this curve, but this is the first tragic accident since I've lived here, and I've been here 12 years."
Police say they have not yet determined whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash, how fast the car was going, or whether either teen was wearing a seatbelt.
They do know that Wheat was not old enough to have a driver's license, and that neither he nor Floree were carrying any ID at the time of the accident.
"It is undetermined at this time what they were doing out a approximately 3:00 in the morning," said King.
Repairing the damage will be easy. Finding answers may be much more difficult.
"As a community as a whole and as police officers, we don't like working scenes like this or notifying the families," said King.
"It just made me feel terrible. I mean I know how I would feel. If I lost one of my children," said Durbin.
KY 146 has reopened.
The Facebook pages of both teens are being filled with messages of condolence, as well as speculation as to what may have happened. But police say they simply don't have all the answers right now.
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