Services scheduled for BCHS student killed in wreck


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Services have been scheduled for a Bell County High School student who was killed Monday morning in a wreck.

According to a release from the Bell County Sheriff’s Office, Bell County Dispatch received a call at 7:23 a.m. about a wreck on Hwy. 119 near the Page Community.

Bell County Deputy Sgt. Jared Smith arrived on scene and began the investigation.

Smith determined that it appears the vehicle, a black two-door Chevrolet truck, driven by 17-year-old David Blake Jackson, was traveling south when the passenger side of the truck dropped off the edge of the roadway.

Once the vehicle came back onto the roadway it spun sideways leaving the roadway again, according to the release. The truck then traveled over a culvert, striking a wooden fence and coming to rest in a field above the fence line.

The Bell County Coroner’s Office was requested to respond and upon arrival, Deputy Coroner Jason Steele pronounced Jackson dead at the scene at 7:51 a.m. Steele states in a separate news release that Jackson died from injuries he received during the course of the accident. No drugs or alcohol were determined to be a factor in Jackson leaving the roadway.

Jackson was a resident of Bell County and attended Bell County High School, according to Steele.

BCHS principal Richard Gambrel said Monday afternoon that counselors were at the school for anyone who needed them, and counselors would be available Tuesday as well.

“He was just a fantastic young man,” said Gambrel, when reached by phone. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Upon completion of the scene investigation by Bell County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jared Smith, Jackson was removed from the scene and taken for an examination by the Bell County Coroner.

“The Bell County High School family lost a great young man,” Gambrel continued. “I just cannot imagine what his family is going through.”

According to Jackson’s obituary, he was a football player for the Bell County High School Bobcats and had played since kindergarten. A memorial to Jackson is set up in the high school, where the family will have visitation and the funeral service. Services are scheduled for Wednesday evening in the BCHS gymnasium. A graveside service is scheduled for Thursday morning at Balkan Cemetery.

The Kentucky State Police, Bell County EMS, Bell County Volunteer Fire Department, Sheriff Mitch Williams, Chief Deputy Gary Lambdin, Deputy Chris Barnes, KSP Trooper Taylor Mills, the Kentucky Department of Highways, as well as the Bell County Coroner’s Office, all coordinated efforts at the scene of the incident.

The Bell County Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. Smith are in charge of the accident investigation.

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