By: Ralph B. Davisrdavis@civitasmedia.com
June 14, 2013
VIRGIE — An early-morning accident has left two Floyd County teens dead.
According to Kentucky State Police, Jonathan Newsome, 18, of Teaberry, was driving a 1999 Mustang south on Route 3501 around 2 a.m., Friday, when he failed to negotiate a left-hand turn onto Route 1469. The vehicle then struck an earth embankment.
The vehicle had a total of eight occupants at the time of the crash, none of whom were wearing seat belts. Newsome and passenger Alexandra Payge Tipton, 18, of Harold, were pronounced dead at the scene by Pike County Coroner Russell Roberts.
A review of the victims’ social media accounts provides a glimpse into typical young lives, filled with family, friends and celebrations that stand in stark contrast to friends’ public expressions of shock and remorse in the days after the wreck.
“I’m loving life a bit too much right now,” Tipton said on Twitter, just three-and-a-half hours before the crash.
KSP could not provide the identities of the remaining six passengers or an update on their conditions.
KSP accident reconstructionist Bryan Layne is investigating the crash. Layne was assisted at the scene by Trooper Ryan Hamilton, Trooper Nick Hale and Transtar Ambulance.