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Teen dies, 2 others hurt in Lexington wreck

An 18-year-old died and another teen was in critical condition at the University of Kentucky Hospital after a car crash early Tuesday.

A silver Kia Rio was traveling north on North Cleveland Road just after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when the driver lost control, and the car hit a tree, Lexington police said.

The driver was identified as Kimberly Jager, 16. Jager, William Jacobs and Zachary Owens were thrown from the car.

Jacobs, of Paris, was pronounced dead at 11:42 a.m. at UK Hospital, according to a news release from the Fayette County coroner's office.

Jager was in critical condition as of about 10 p.m. Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Owens had been released from the hospital. Fayette County schools confirmed that Jager is a junior at Henry Clay High School, and that all three were students at Eastside Technical Center, which prepares students for an occupation or additional education.

Police said they do not think drugs or alcohol were involved.

Jacobs and Owens graduated from Bryan Station High School. Associate Principal John Barnes described them Tuesday as "fine young men."

"They love life," Barnes said. "We will be praying for the families."

Bryan Station dealt with a similar situation in late April, when one student died and three were seriously injured in a crash on Russell Cave Road.

In that accident, police said the 17-year-old driver had a learner's permit and should not have been behind the wheel without being accompanied by a licensed driver older than 21.

In Monday's crash, it was not known whether Jager had a permit of any kind.

Under Kentucky's graduated license law, drivers may get a permit at 16 and an intermediate license six months later. Drivers younger than 18 with permits or intermediate licenses are not allowed to drive between midnight and 6 a.m. unless they can demonstrate a good cause for driving, such as an emergency, or school or work-related activities.

The law also prohibits those with permits or intermediate licenses from driving with more than one unrelated person younger than 20.

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