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‘We are heartbroken.’ 2019 grad ‘to give others the gift of life’ after crash.

Five were injured in crash near Anderson County High School following police pursuit

Five people were injured in crash near Anderson County High School following police pursuit Friday night.
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Five people were injured in crash near Anderson County High School following police pursuit Friday night.

A 2019 Anderson County High School graduate “will give others the gift of life” after being involved in a crash with a man being chased by police, according to Anderson County Schools.

It was earlier reported by Anderson County Schools and Kentucky State Police that 18-year-old Jill Hurst died Wednesday, but her mother, Christy Jane Hurst, later said “my sweet Jill is still with us.”

“We are heartbroken that Jill will no longer be with us at some point in the coming days,” the mother wrote on Facebook. “She is currently being monitored and prepared to give others the gift of life through the donation of her organs. As Jill has the best and most beautiful heart, she would hope that good would come out of this tragedy.”

Four others were injured in the crash, which occurred Friday around 11 p.m. in Lawrenceburg.

David Henderson, of Hawesville, was fleeing from police when his Chrysler 200 struck a Nissan Altima, according to Kentucky State Police. Hurst and two other individuals were inside the Altima, state police said.

Henderson was arrested on a failure to appear warrant and was later charged with two counts of first-degree assault, DUI, fleeing or evading police, wanton endangerment and speeding. Upgraded charges have not been announced.

Court records show that Henderson failed to appear in court in Grayson County to enter a plea in a drug trafficking case on July 16. The warrant for his arrest was issued after that.

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Boyle County Detention Center

The crash site is near Anderson County High School, where a football game had concluded less than an hour before the collision. WKYT reported Hurst attended the game.

Henderson stated he was on acid and multiple illicit drugs were found by police, according to an arrest citation.

The other two people inside Hurst’s car are expected to survive. Henderson and the passenger, Rachel Webb, were also injured, state police said.

More than $20,000 has been raised in a GoFundMe for Hurst’s hospital costs.

Her mother, Christy Jane Hurst, said being Jill’s mom is her “best and biggest blessing” in her life.

“We are absolutely overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, gifts, thoughts and most cherished are your constant prayers,” she wrote Monday on Facebook.

Grief counselors are on staff at the high school for students and staff, the school district said.

“Please join us in keeping Jill’s family and friends as well as ACHS students and staff in your prayers,” the district wrote.

Henderson is being held in the Boyle County Detention Center on $250,000 cash bond.

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