Trimble County High School senior Cheyanne Ward, 17, of Bedford, who tragically died in a car crash Tuesday night on US 421 South of Bedford.
Trimble County High School senior Cheyanne Ward, 17, of Bedford, who tragically died in a car crash Tuesday night on US 421 South of Bedford.
Kentucky State Police are investigating a single vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old Trimble County High School student on Tuesday evening.

The crash was reported to dispatchers at KSP Post 5 in nearby Campbellsburg just after 7 p.m. in the 5000 block of US 421 South of Bedford as an overturned car with one subject still inside the vehicle and unresponsive.

According to Trimble County Deputy Coroner Chris Jennings, Cheyanne Ward, a passenger in the front right seat of the vehicle, died at scene when the car struck a tree.

The initial investigation indicated the vehicle lost control while traveling north on U.S. 421, left the roadway while attempting to negotiate a curve and struck several trees and nearly overturned before coming to rest on its side.

The operator of the vehicle, a juvenile whom police declined to identify at this time, was transported to Baptist Health in La Grange, Kentucky, for what was believed to be minor injuries.

According to a state police release, no other vehicles were involved in the collision, and criminal charges are not anticipated, but the investigation is ongoing at this time.

Word of the accident and Ward’s death spread quickly in the tight-knit community and school system. Karrie Stewart, assistant principal at TCHS, said school administrators were told of the tragedy Tuesday night and began preparing for an emotional day at the school.

“Cheyanne was a senior and a leader in this building,” said Stewart. “She was a big member in our drama group so they are all impacted hard by this ... we’re all just trying to rally around each other and support each other ... we talked to the students in depth and made sure they realize if they need assistant we’re here and if they need to step away for a moments we understand.”

Trimble Superintendent Jessica Wilcoxson issued a statement Tuesday that was also posted on the district’s Facebook page:

“There are no words to convey the sadness that overshadows Trimble County Schools on this day. Our community has suffered a tremendous loss. Today, I grieve as a mother and as a superintendent and I pray for God to lift up our school district and community as we mourn the loss of one of our students. Our hearts are heavy over the tragic loss of Trimble Co. Senior High student Cheyanne Ward. On the eve of September 29th, Cheyanne was involved in a tragic car accident that took her life, much too soon.

“Cheyanne was a 17 year old senior who was very active in the school community. She was involved in numerous activities and was a natural leader in her class and the school. Cheyanne was the Senior Vice President, Co-President of the Y-Club, Member of Kentucky Youth Assembly, Junior State of America, Kentucky United Nations Assembly, Future Business Leaders of America, BETA Club, All A Honor Roll, Drama Club and was a Governor’s Scholar recipient. Cheyanne was friendly, caring and very passionate about service leadership. She always showed school spirit, volunteered her time and was committed to helping to improve her school in any way possible. Cheyanne Ward will always hold a special place in our hearts and will be remembered as a beautiful young lady, inside and out.

“At this time, service arrangements are pending, but we will update our page when we become informed of those decisions. Our community has suffered a tremendous loss and we extend our heartfelt condolences to Cheyanne’s family, friends and loved ones during the difficult days ahead. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

Jennings said Ward’s tragic death will give the gift of life to many others as she was an organ donor and funeral arrangements could be delayed by that process.

Ward is the daughter of Angela Ward of Bedford and Dwayne Ward of Oneida, Tennessee.