Sixth victim in fiery Nicholasville crash identified as Virginia woman

kward1@herald-leader.comJune 28, 2014 

The Jessamine County coroner's office has identified the sixth victim of a crash on U.S. 27 in Nicholasville on Thursday night as Angelia Denise Poe, 48, of Virginia.

Poe was riding in a minivan that was hit head-on by a station wagon.

All five occupants of the station wagon — Steven and Shaila Hibbard and their three children — also died in the crash.

Four others in the minivan, which belonged to the Refuge for Women, were injured. They were taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

The Refuge for Women, based in Lexington, is a faith-based nonprofit that uses a mentoring approach to help women who have worked in the sex industry begin building new lives.

Ked Frank, director of the organization, said Poe had been at the Refuge for two months and "had made some phenomenal progress."

He said she had recently been baptized, and he recalled how she was touched by the movie Heaven Is For Real.

"She's experiencing that," he said. "We believe she's in a better place today. She's a new creation."

"Our hearts go out to her family," he said.

The minivan was coming from a worship service when the crash occurred, Frank said.

He said three of the four women who were injured remain in critical condition, but all are expected to recover.

"It's going to be a long-term recovery," he said.

Three of those injured were residents of the Refuge, and one was an intern, he said.

Frank said the women who come to the Refuge are seeking healing and often feel that no one cares about them. Although the hospitalized women have suffered serious physical injuries, Frank said their spiritual healing continues as they see the community coming together to support them.

"They're being changed," he said. "Love is what changes people. They're experiencing that."

Frank said the community can keep abreast of the situation by following Refuge for Women on Facebook. Information on a fund for the victims is also available there.

Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home in Nicholasville is handling arrangements for the Hibbard family: Steven Hibbard, 25; Shaila Hibbard, 26; Kylee Jo Hibbard, 3; Alyssa Hibbard, 5; and James Tanner Phillips, 7.

The funeral home's website says a remembrance service will be held at New Hope Fellowship Church in Nicholasville, but a date and time have not been scheduled.

A vigil for the family will be held at the football field at City/County Park in Nicholasville at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The vigil originally was to be held at the Nicholasville Wal-Mart.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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