Audrey Hounshell, known throughout the area for her singing and songwriting, died early Thursday in Lexington when the car she was driving flipped and apparently rolled over her.
Ms. Hounshell, a country singer whose stage name was Audrey Elizabeth, was 20.
Evidence indicated that Ms. Hounshell overcorrected as her car exited the inner loop of New Circle Road to get to Nicholasville Road. The 2008 Mazda left the road and flipped. She was thrown from the vehicle, which appeared to have rolled over her before coming to rest on its roof, Lexington police said in a news release.
Ms. Hounshell, who died of multiple blunt-force trauma, was found in the grass near the vehicle. The accident was reported about 3:15 a.m., according to the Fayette County coroner's office.
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Speed contributed to the accident. Ms. Hounshell was not wearing a seat belt, police said. She died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, police said.
Ms. Hounshell performed at various venues throughout the area, including restaurants and wineries.
"She was an aspiring singer/songwriter," said her father, Kinney Hounshell of Lexington. "She'd already recorded an album in Nashville."
The album is called Just Sayin', which is also the name of one of the songs on it. Ms. Hounshell wrote all of the songs on the album, Kinney Hounshell said. Ms. Hounshell was working on her second album at her death.
The last song she wrote and recorded in a studio was I'm Sorry Baby.
"If I Die Young — she did that song very, very well," her father said of the hit song by The Band Perry. "I want her remembered for her music."
Ms. Hounshell often performed with friend Whitney Acke. Just Monday, the two posted a video on YouTube of them performing a song they wrote together called A Different Kind of Crazy.
Their favorite place to perform together was Chrisman Mill Winery in Lexington, Acke said. They also performed at Applebee's restaurant and Jake's Cigar Bar & Lounge in Nicholasville and many other places in the area.
"I could name probably 30 places that we played regularly," Acke said. She said she and Ms. Hounshell also performed their songs at writers' nights in Nashville.
Acke said Ms. Hounshell was an amazing person who was "really on her way."
"She had dates on her schedule for months to come," she said.
Kinney Hounshell said his daughter was on her way home from a friend's house when the accident occurred.
Ms. Hounshell, a Lexington native, was a graduate of Lafayette High School, where she was a cheerleader. At her death, she was a student at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, where she was studying to become a dental hygienist.
In addition to her father, Ms. Hounshell is survived by her mother, Roberta Hounshell; a sister, Sabrina Hounshell; and her maternal grandmother, Marita Bieker of Alme, Germany.
Arrangements were pending at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road.