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Scott County teen dies in wreck

A Scott County High School student who died after a single-vehicle wreck Wednesday night was in a car with her older sister's estranged ex-boyfriend.

Natasha Jones, 19, of Sadieville was a passenger in a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser when the driver, Timothy Conner, 24, of Georgetown crashed about 10:30 p.m. at the 300 block of Anderson Road in Scott County, sheriff's deputies said.

Jones was pronounced dead about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday at University of Kentucky Hospital, according to the Fayette County Coroner's Office.

Conner was also injured and was taken to UK Hospital.

Hours after the crash, relatives wondered why Jones was in the car with Conner — and why she would allow him to drive her car.

In July, Jones' older sister, Felicia Jones, 23, filed a domestic violence order against Conner, who lives on Anderson Road, according to court documents. The order was to remain in effect until July 8, 2012.

Conner was ordered to remain at least 1,000 feet from Felicia Jones and members of her family and household.

Felicia Jones had previously filed an emergency order of protection against Conner in June. Felicia Jones said the two were drinking at her parents' home and had passed out on a table.

"Next thing I remember was being hit in the face," Felicia Jones wrote.

Felicia Jones said her father got involved in the fight, and Conner cut him, court records say. Conner was charged with second-degree assault. That case has been sent to the grand jury.

Because of Conner's history with the family, Natasha Jones' paternal aunt, Lisa Ulrey, said "we don't understand why she was with him."

Ulrey said Natasha Jones left her Sadieville home about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. A friend later told the family that he saw Natasha Jones at a Chevron outside Sadieville. After her cell phone rang, she would not tell the friend who had called and she left, Ulrey said.

Ulrey said Jones' parents, Ronnie and Audrey Jones of Sadieville, grieved and slept Thursday afternoon.

"She was a very sweet girl," Ulrey said. "She just loved life."

Ulrey said Natasha Jones, who loved swimming, fishing and bowling, had a lot of friends, and many of them offered condolences by phone or by visiting the house Thursday.

Many of Jones' friends were absent from school on Thursday, said Joretta Crowe, director of the Scott County Public School's intervention program.

Jones had been expected to graduate from Scott County High School by December, Crowe said.

She was "really just a wonderful young lady," Crowe said. "Always smiling. Always helpful. Very kind."

Jones planned to receive a degree or post-secondary training in health or human services because she enjoyed helping others, Crowe said.

Crowe said she hopes to be able to collaborate with Jones' family for a memorial service.

"It's been a tough day," she said.

McDaniel Funeral Home in Corinth is handling arrangements, which were incomplete Thursday.

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