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Three weeks after hit and run accident, Russell Springs teen dies

Jessi Lowery held the first check he received from his first job.
Jessi Lowery held the first check he received from his first job. Martin Blankenship

A Russell Springs teenager died Tuesday from injuries suffered nearly three weeks ago when his bicycle was struck by a hit-and-run driver.

Jessi Lowery, 18, was on his bike June 30 on Highway 180 in Adair County when he was hit from behind.

Lowery’s stepfather, Martin Blankenship, said the driver didn’t stop to help or notify authorities after the collision.

Police said the driver, Daniel Spieker, returned an hour later and was cited for leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid, and failure to have proof of insurance, LEX18 reported.

Lowery died about 6:25 p.m. Tuesday at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center from traumatic brain injury, according to the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.

Blankenship, who had raised Lowery since he was a little boy, said Lowery graduated high school with honors in May and had planned to go to college and study marine biology.

“He had dreams,” Blankenship said. “He had goals. He was a smart kid.”

Lowery had been in the hospital with a coma from extensive brain damage. Blankenship said the family had to make the difficult decision to take him off life support to see if he could breath on his own.

Lowery wanted to be an organ donor but was unable to do so; however, he was able to donate tissue, Blankenship said.

The funeral will be Thursday at H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel in Jamestown. Visitation begins at 11 a.m., and services will be at 2 p.m. The family requests any donations be made through the funeral home.

Contact Emma Austin: 859-231-1455

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