Friends gathered Monday night at a vigil for an 18-year-old woman killed over the weekend in a New Circle Road crash.
About 50 people gathered at Jacobson Park holding pink and silver balloons around a small memorial featuring a photo of Tabitha Busbee of Lexington. Busbee died early Sunday morning at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.
The vigil was opened by Busbee’s brother Joshua.
“She was bubbling, full of energy, full of compassion and had a heart of gold,” Joshua said after the vigil. “She was hoping to get into the medical field and be around children. She was a remarkable young woman and she’s dearly going to be missed by all her friends and family.”
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder, second-degree assault and receiving stolen property, according to Lexington police. The boy is accused of being the driver of a stolen Toyota Camry in which Busbee was a passenger when it crashed on New Circle Road.
Lexington officers attempted to pull over the Camry about 11:20 p.m. Saturday on Mount Tabor Road. The driver sped off toward Richmond Road, according to police.
Another officer spotted the Camry going the wrong way on the outer loop of New Circle Road toward Tates Creek Road, according to police. The Camry collided with a pickup truck and then another car.
Five people were injured and taken to local hospitals. Busbee was one of two passengers in the stolen Camry who were injured, according to police.
The Camry had been unlocked and the keys were left inside at the time it was stolen, according to police. Police do not believe the boy driving the stolen car had a license.
Busbee posted Thursday on Facebook that she’d recently been involved in a different crash. The post read: “Wear seatbelts kids! Thank you to everyone that prayed for me. God watched over me yesterday.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Busbee’s family.
“It’s just hard to imagine a life with her not around,” her brother, Joshua Busbee, told LEX18. “She was a ray of light in everybody’s life. Everybody that knew her had positive things to say about her. She was always smiling, having a good time.”
Busbee was a teacher at two Tots’ Landing Learning Centers Inc. day care centers in Lexington, according to the center’s Facebook page.
“Ms. Tabby was a fun-loving young lady, and she loved working with all the children at our Eagle Creek and Prosperous Place locations,” the center said in the post. “Please pray for Tabby’s family during this difficult time. We also ask for prayer for our Tots family.”
Anyone with information related to the crash is asked to call Lexington police at 859-258-3600.
Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to 274637. Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020 or Bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.