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Published on Jun 24, 2012
Two teenagers were killed early Saturday after fleeing from Oldham County authorities and crashing their vehicle, authorities said.
Michael Tanner Wheat, 15, of the 2100 block of Mount Olivet Road in La Grange, was driving the vehicle and died at the accident scene in the 4300 block of Ky. 146, according to Oldham County officials.
The passenger in his car, 14-year-old Autumn Foree of the 600 block of Oakleaf Drive in La Grange, was transported to University Hospital in Louisville and died at 9:15 a.m. of multiple blunt-force injuries, according to Jo-Ann Farmer, Jefferson County's chief deputy coroner.
Farmer said Autumn had not been wearing a seat belt.
A statement from Oldham County police said Oldham County sheriff's deputies attempted to stop a vehicle driving without headlights at about 3:18 a.m. Saturday, but the driver sped away.
Oldham County police were called to assist and found the vehicle in Buckner, where it had crashed into a parked car and an electric pole, according to the statement.
Oldham County police Officer Sarah King said the accident cut power to some homes. By 10 p.m. Saturday, all power had been restored. Ky. 146 at Cedar Point Road was closed in both directions for several hours while LG&E worked to fix the pole.
King said it is not yet known whether alcohol contributed to the accident. The teens were too young to have a driver's license in Kentucky. Police have not said who owned the car Wheat was driving.
Many friends took to the teens' Facebook pages Saturday, posting condolences and expressing disbelief that their friends had died. Others remembered the two teenagers through their Twitter accounts.