TNHS student killed in Thursday morning accident

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By Staff

The community is mourning the loss of a Thomas Nelson High School student who was killed Thursday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Nat Rogers Road in Boston.

According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, officers investigated a car accident on Nat Rogers near Simon Greenwell Lane shortly before 8 a.m.

It was determined that 17-year-old Taylor Martin, the driver of a white 2004 Cadillac, lost control in a curve, exited the roadway and struck a tree. Martin was pronounced dead at the scene by the Nelson County Coroner’s Office.

Nelson County Schools Superintendent Anthony Orr said staff and counselors were helping students during this difficult time.

“Though Nelson County covers a large area, we are a close community and this young lady touched many lives, so staff around the district are watchful for any in need of assistance today,” Orr said in an email to the Standard Thursday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.”

All evening activities at TNHS were canceled.

Buck Cheatham, a good friend of Martin’s father, coached Martin when she played soccer when she was around 10 years old. He said he was at a loss for words Thursday. Cheatham recalled a time where he took Martin deer hunting during one of her first times. Cheatham said Martin’s face lit up with excitement when she saw the deer she was trying to hunt.

Cheatham called Martin a “leader of the pack” and a “great kid to be around.”

“Even at a young age, she (was) the first one to step up,” he said.

Frank Hall, chief of the Rolling Fork Fire Department, said he and his crew responded to the accident.

“It’s been a bad morning,” Hall said, noting that the student was entrapped in the vehicle.

Hall said the road was slick that morning after heavy rain, which mixed with road oils and created a hazardous situation. The road on which Martin was driving includes a series of curves that can be difficult to navigate in certain driving conditions.

Various comments on social media also expressed sadness regarding Martin’s death.

“Thinking of everyone at TNHS & anyone else that knew Taylor, today. Losing a friend is never easy,” one tweet read.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Taylor Martin,” said a tweet by Bardstown Athletics.

“My prayers are with the Martin family and all the students, staff and her friends at Thomas Nelson,” a Facebook post read.

Alex Martin, who coached Taylor last year and this year at Thomas Nelson High School, echoed Cheatham’s statements about the late soccer player being a leader in an interview with the Standard Thursday afternoon. Martin called Taylor a very positive person and said her leadership was her greatest quality.

“(You) couldn’t find a better kid,” he said. “(You) couldn’t find a better person, player, student.”

Martin said the school lost much more than a soccer player.

“Ultimately, we lost a family member, a friend who we were all very close with,” he said.