Local Obituaries

Police seek 2nd vehicle in I-64 crash that killed 1

State police are looking for a vehicle that might have contributed to a crash that injured four young people and killed one Sunday.

The five were part of a Lexington church group on its way to a statewide worship service in Louisville.

The members of The Lexington Church crashed on westbound Interstate 64 near Frankfort just before 9 a.m. when the driver, Kiara L. Hinkle, 21, lost control of a 2004 Mercedes. The car flipped several times.

Late Monday, state police issued a news release saying the investigation "has revealed that a second vehicle is possibly a contributing factor." They said they were looking for a tan mid-size passenger vehicle that was being driven by a middle-age white woman who might have stopped at the scene.

They asked that anyone with information call Trooper Hunter Martin in Frankfort at (502) 227-2221.

Hinkle, a University of Kentucky junior from Louisville, died at the scene.

Jason Turner, 19, of Florence, who is also a UK student, remained in critical condition Monday night at UK Hospital. Another passenger, Natya Stafford, 20, of Lexington, was in fair condition at UK Hospital on Monday.

Two other passengers also were injured. Nikki M. Berry, 19, of Lexington, was taken to UK Hospital but was no longer listed in the hospital's computer system Monday. Aubrey D. Barton, 19, of Lexington, was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center. Both have been released from the hospital, said Greg Campbell, a UK student who leads The Lexington Church's college ministry, Lexington Campus Disciples.

He said Stafford and Berry are students at Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Barton is a student at Henry Clay High School.

Campbell said Hinkle "was an awesome servant for God," and her death has been devastating to the close-knit group.

Campbell, who was attending a gathering Monday night to comfort the church's teens, said people are expected to come from around the country to attend services honoring her life.

Campbell said he and Hinkle had dated for a time, and after that relationship ended, they remained close.

The Lexington Campus Disciples has planned a prayer ceremony to honor Hinkle's life at 7 p.m. Thursday outside the William T. Young Library.

G.C. Williams Funeral Home in Louisville is in charge of arrangements.

Hinkle will also be among the UK students, faculty, staff and alumni who will be honored at 7 p.m. Tuesday during the university's annual memorial service, UK Remembers. The ceremony will be in the gardens outside the student center.

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