LANCASTER — A Garrard County High School senior died in a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon.
Sarah Wilson, 18, of Lancaster was pronounced dead at the scene just after 3 p.m. on Sutton Lane.
“She was ejected out the back window, and the car landed on top of her,” Garrard County Coroner Daryl Hodge said.
Hodge said the driver, Charles Patton, 19, of Lexington, lost control of the vehicle and it veered off the right side of the road. Patton overcorrected to the left side of the road before hitting an embankment, which caused the vehicle to flip and land on its top.
Jonathan Walker, 19, of Lexington, also was a passenger in the car.
Garrard County Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Smith said Patton and Walker were both wearing seat belts and sustained only minor cuts and bruises.
He believes if Wilson had been wearing a seat belt, it “would have helped her substantially.”
Smith said Patton and Walker did not appear to be intoxicated, but both were taken for blood work.
“We’re still investigating,” Smith said. “Toxicology is pending.”
Hodge said the two men were taking Wilson to her grandparents’ house on Homestead Lane.
“That’s where she’d been staying for a while,” he said.
Hodge said crisis counselors are at Garrard County High School today to help Wilson’s peers.
Smith said Patton and Walker were both checked out by emergency medical workers but refused treatment.
Wilson’s body was transported to Frankfort for an autopsy.