3 dead in Bluegrass Parkway crash including two brothers and Central Hardin classmate
Three people from two different families died in the same car during a tragic car crash over the weekend on Bluegrass Parkway.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three people from two different families died in the same car during a tragic crash over the weekend on Bluegrass Parkway.
Young teens were among the victims.
At the scene of the crash, there are sickening telltale reminders of what happened: a fender on a rock, a battery in the grass, a tail light, a hub cap and oil-slicked ground. It all tells the tale of a terrible crash that killed three people in Nelson County.
"Your heart just drops and your first thought is for the family," said Tim Isaacs, principal of Central Hardin High School. "You are not supposed to lose a child. This is not the way this is supposed to happen."
We now know the victims are 17-year-old Hugo Guerrero, his 22-year-old brother Daniel Guerrero and Hugo's 16-year-old classmate Rylee Razon. The teens attended Central Hardin High School.
"They were both just phenomenal kids," said Isaacs. "Hugo always had a smile on his face -- just one of those kids you say 'hello' in the hallway, he'd always be happy to see you."
The school principal tells us Guerrero was heading into his senior year and stayed active in an automotive tech program.
Razon was a newer student -- a junior -- who'd moved to Hardin County in 2016 as part of a military family.
"They got a tire off the side of the road, overcorrected, went into a spin and hit a rock wall," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeff Gregory.
A deep, black scar shows exactly where the car slid off the Bluegrass Parkway, cutting across two lanes of traffic near mile marker 18, making a violent crash as it flew off into the ditch and leaving part of the car in a tree.
It's not clear yet if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.
"Probably a little to early to comment on that, but there are toxicology results pending," Trooper Gregory said.
The crash happened around 12:45 a.m. Sunday on the Bluegrass Parkway. We're told Hugo Guerrero was driving the 2008 Ford Crown Victoria. It's not yet clear where the group was heading.
"Rylee and Hugo will actually be No. 2 and 3 that we lost this year," Isaacs said. "We had another young lady -- Audrey Shoulders -- that was killed in a car wreck just a few months ago. So this has not been a good year for us."
As Central Hardin students deal with another loss, Principal Isaacs asks parents to check in with their kids.
"Make sure they understand to grieve is natural and that it's okay and important to talk about it," Isaacs said.
Funeral arrangements are pending for all three victims.
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