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Hardin County community mourns loss of Whistle Stop employee

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HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) – A well-loved restaurant is closed so employees can mourn the loss of Justin Keith, who died in a car accident Friday. He worked at the Whistle Stop in Glendale for the past five years.

According to Kentucky State Police, Keith’s car drove off the roadway on South Dixie Highway at Kentucky 1517 around 7 p.m. Friday.

A spokesperson said the car hit an embankment, and Keith died. That spokesperson said the initial belief is that a medical condition contributed to the crash.

The passenger in the car was Keith’s girlfriend, Shannon Mattingly. She was flown to University Hospital in critical condition.

Mattingly worked as a server at the Whistle Stop, and Keith’s mother Vicki is a baker at the restaurant. The owner of the Whistle Stop, Lynn Cummins, said everyone at the restaurant is like a big family and they are all hurting right now.

"I know that we have to go on,” Cummins said. “And we will. I told the employees on Saturday that we can't get off track of our job. Justin wouldn't want us to, Shannon wouldn't want us to, and neither would Vicki."

Cummins said Keith and Mattingly asked to have Friday evening off so they could spend time together and do some Christmas shopping. In tears, Cummins said, "I wish I hadn't let them off. But, I know God has a plan."

Keith’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at William R. Rust Funeral Home Hodgenville Chapel. The burial will follow at Mount Tabor Church Cemetery.

There will be a visitation starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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