LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — A Lexington teen died after a Clark County crash Tuesday.
Kaylee Goodman, 17, was driving on Athens Boonesboro Road when her vehicle went off the road and struck a tree.
The Clark County Coroner said the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
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Goodman was a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington.
Andrea Tinsley, principal at PLD, released the following statement to the Dunbar families:
“Dear PLD Families: I am deeply saddened to inform you that we have suffered a devastating loss within our PLD community. Last night, Kaylee Goodman, a senior at Dunbar, passed away in a tragic accident. Kaylee was known for her kindness and her ability to connect with others, and her absence will be deeply felt by her teachers, friends, and classmates. It is possible that your child has already heard about this heartbreaking news today, but we wanted to communicate with all families so that you have the opportunity to discuss it with your child at home. We encourage you to ask them about their feelings and emotions and to openly share your own as well. Some children may be particularly upset and need more support. It is normal for reactions to be intense initially, but they usually diminish over time. The most important thing you can do is listen attentively, provide reassurance, and offer comfort. Please look for changes in behavior that may signal that your child needs additional grief support. If you feel your child needs any help or resources, please talk to our counselors or your healthcare provider so we can work together to support your child. ”
Crisis and mental health support is available.
“Please reach out to me personally if you have any questions or concerns, or if our team can offer any additional support and encouragement for your student,” said Tinsley. “Let us come together as a community, supporting one another during this time of immense grief. Our hearts go out to Kaylee’s family and friends and all those affected by this tragedy.”