UPDATE | Second person dies after Tuesday's crash on Poplar Level Road
Police are looking for the driver of the car who ran from the crash, leaving three passengers behind. One of those passengers died at University Hospital.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two people are dead after a car crashed into a fire hydrant on Poplar Level Road early Tuesday, and police say they are still looking for a driver who left the scene.
Police say it happened around 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of Poplar Level Road and Business Park Drive.
According to police, four people were in a grey Kia when it crashed. Police say for some reason, the driver first hit a curb and slammed into a fire hydrant. The impact sent the car 50 yards down the road. Police say the driver then walked away from the scene.
Authorities tell us they believe speed was a factor.
Three passengers, believed to be in their late teens, were taken to the hospital, where two were pronounced dead. The third person is expected to be OK.
"One of them, believed to be a female passenger, was pronounced dead at the hospital," said Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell. "The other two, I'm not sure of their condition at this point. We believe the driver of this vehicle fled the scene."
Family members identify one of the two passengers killed as 17-year-old Ellisa Lucas, a student taking online classes at Jefferson County High School, working toward becoming a marine biologist.
“She was very loveable, very friendly, very free-spirited,” said Kiva Thomas, a cousin of Lucas. “Wherever you see Ellisa, you see a smile.”
Thomas says the family had just seen Lucas on Monday night when the teenager’s mother took her to a friend’s house.
As for what led up to the crash, Thomas says she has a lot of questions.
“As far as we know, they were all headed back to a friend’s house. Other than that, we don’t know,” Thomas said.
Police say they are still searching for the driver of the car.
“Our family’s a God-fearing family. We don’t hold any ill will toward [the driver]. We just want him to turn himself in and to face what’s going on," Thomas said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to the help Lucas' family.
The name of the second passenger killed has not been released.
Anyone with information in the investigation is asked to call 574-LMPD.
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