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Longtime Oldham County driver's test administrator killed in car crash

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By Amanda Manning

 The woman who administered driver’s tests in Oldham County for the past 18 years was killed in a car accident this morning.

Mary “Renee” McCoy, 62, of Bedford, was driving on Highway 146, approximately one mile west of New Castle, when she lost control of her vehicle, exited the road and struck a tree just before 8 a.m., Kentucky State Police said in a press release.

No other passengers or vehicles were involved in the accident.

The Henry County Coroner pronounced McCoy dead at the scene. She was transported to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Police said she was wearing a seat belt and was driving her personal vehicle.

The one-vehicle accident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Post 5.

“We are heartbroken by this sudden loss,” said KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. “Renee’s twenty years of dedicated service to this agency impacted not only the lives of troopers she supported but also the citizens of the commonwealth.”

McCoy was a 20-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. She began as a Telecommunicator in 1999.

In 2001, she was transferred to the KSP Driving Testing Branch where she served as a certified driver’s test administrator in Oldham, Trimble, Caroll, Henry and Gallatin counties.

“Please keep Renee’s family in your prayers,” La Grange resident and Internal Policy Analyst III at KSP Headquarters Kevin Woosley said in a Facebook post. “She worked Oldham County for many years and gave thousands of driver license tests. She was always so kind and patient.”

 Former Oldham County Circuit Court Clerk Rick Rash said he was fortunate to work with McCoy.

“Drivers license testing is a big deal to most teens. Renee put them at ease with her soft spoken demeanor,” he said. “If you passed she congratulated you, If you didn't pass, she encouraged you.

“She will be missed,” he added.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 38 years, Mike McCoy, and two daughters, Courtney Forgy and Shannon McCoy.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday Aug. 17 at Heady Radcliffe Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. that morning.