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River Road crash claims the life of 18-year-old Crestwood woman

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

Police are investigating a crash that killed a Crestwood woman Friday morning on River Road.

According to Louisville Metro Police, a vehicle traveling eastbound on River Road flipped several times about 10:30 a.m. Friday, ejecting both occupants – Caroline N. Minks, 18, of Crestwood, and an 18-year-old male from Goshen.

Minks died at the scene.

Police spokesperson Alicia Smiley said preliminary investigations show a vehicle traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed on River Road crossed the center line into opposing traffic when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve. Police have not determined which occupant was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.

The vehicle ran off the roadway and continued east, striking a utility pole and fire hydrant before going airborne.

Smiley said the vehicle overturned several times, and the momentum carried the vehicle through a small brick wall and a fence. The vehicle landed on top of a Mercury Marquis before it finally came to rest in a parking lot at 6301 River Road in the area of Cunningham's Creek Side, Smiley said.

Emergency crews transported the male, an 18-year-old Goshen resident, to University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Smiley said LMPD does not identify individuals involved in a crash unless they are facing charges.

The crash is still under investigation and police have filed a forensic warrant to determine the driver of the vehicle.

Smiley also said police are investigating the possibility of alcohol as a contributing factor in the crash.

Minks was a member of Middletown United Methodist Church.

Oldham County Schools spokesperson Rebecca DeSensi said Minks had attended South Oldham High School since ninth grade, but left South Oldham in February and enrolled in a high school outside of Oldham's district.

Survivors include her mother, Amanda Minks; father, James E. Minks; grandparents, Edwin Minks, Bonnie and David Searcy, James and Marvalene Lay; great-grandfather James Lawson; and an aunt, Melissa Haywood.

Services are today (Monday) at Heady-Radcliffe Funeral Home in La Grange.

Memorial contributions may go to the family.

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