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Two recent NBHS grads die in auto accident

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By Stephen Thomas

HEBRON ESTATES - Tragedy struck the North Bullitt community as two recent NBHS graduates died in an auto accident early Friday morning.

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Destinee M. Barr, 18, and Marissa Jane Elmore, 19, were identified at the scene by Woodford County coroner Ronald Owens.

The accident occurred in Woodford County, near Lexington. Local authorities said Barr and Elmore were in a Kia that was turning left from State Highway 341 onto U.S. Highway 421. The Kia pulled into the path of a pick-up truck.

Owens said bad weather likely contributed to the accident. He said the pick-up truck driver told police that the Kia stopped at the stop sign but pulled out as the truck reached the intersection.

A third person in the vehicle was transported to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

The truck driver did not receive injuries.

North Bullitt principal Jeff Marshall learned of the incident from assistant principal Margie Reece when he arrived at his office Friday morning.

"As a team, our staff made a decision to announce it to the school," said Marshall. "After our morning announcements, I went on and made the announcement."

Prior to the announcement, Marshall said teachers who had Barr and Elmore in classes were told about the situation.

"As a school we've learned a lot about loss and grief," said Marshall. "They just graduated (in 2013) and there's a close connection."

School counselors were immediately made available to all students, along with Bullitt County Public Schools Safe and Drug-Free Schools coordinator Sarah Hardin.

Marshall said further assistance from Bullitt County Public Schools officials was on standby. He said Bullitt Central and Bullitt East High School also offered assistance in any way possible.

As of Friday afternoon, Marshall said North Bullitt remained business as usual "as best as could be expected," noting that the school dealt with a similar incident last year.

"You learn a lot from the kids when you experience a loss," he added. "It's as normal a day as possible, but a little quieter. Our kids are very respectful."

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Destinee M. Barr was a hostess at Red Lobster. She was also a freshman at Indiana University-Southeast.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leslie Barr, Regina McCauley and Paul W. Arnett.

She is survived by her parents, Jaime and Marshell Barr; brother, Weslie Barr; and grandparents, Linda and Melvin Bailey.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home in Shepherdsville. Burial will be in Brookland Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. on Monday and after 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

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Marissa Jane Elmore, 19, of Hillview, attended Jefferson Community and Technical College and worked with Rue LaLa.

She was preceded in death by her memaw, Edith Tuttle.

She is survived by her parents, David and Jane Ellen Elmore Sr.; brothers, David Jr. and Jams "Fussy" Elmore; grandparents, Rita and Robert McGlasson; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Little Flock Baptist Church with burial in Brookland Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and on Monday from Noon until 8 p.m. at Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home in Shepherdsville. Expressions of sympathy may go to Green Hill Therapy for Special Needs Children.