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Second Whistle Stop employee dies from injuries after crash

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The Whistle Stop restaurant in Glendale, Ky. The Whistle Stop restaurant in Glendale, Ky.
Shannon Mattingly and Justin Keith Shannon Mattingly and Justin Keith

GLENDALE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A woman who was critically injured in a car crash Friday evening has died. 

Shannon Mattingly died at University Hospital on Monday. She was in a car driven by her boyfriend, Justin Keith, who died immediately after the SUV he was driving drove off the roadway on South Dixie Highway at KY 1517 around 7 p.m. on Nov. 18. 

Both Mattingly and Keith worked at the Whistle Stop restaurant in Hardin County. Mattingly was a server, and Keith worked as a supervisor in the kitchen. 

Keith's mother also works as a baker at the restaurant. 

Lynn Cummins the owner of the Whistle Stop, confirmed Mattingly's death to WDRB Tuesday morning. She says everyone at the restaurant is like a big family and they are all hurting.

Cummins says Mattingly and Keith seemed happy in the weeks before the crash. 

"They were really happy," Cummins said. "I think I saw the two of them smile more, especially Justin, in the past six months than I think I've ever seen him smile. Makes it real bittersweet."

The restaurant has been closed since the crash, but was scheduled to reopen by 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to a post on its Facebook page. 

"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."

Kentucky State Police officials say they believe Keith may have had a medical condition that caused him to lose control of the vehicle and crash. 

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