Cousin remembers teen killed during police chase


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A family is mourning tonight after the death of teenager in a Somerset crash.

State Police say a chase on U.S. 27 ended with a car hitting a pickup truck and a vehicle from the Department of Homeland Security.

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State police say the car’s driver, 33-year-old Steven Vanhook, died so did the truck’s driver, 18-year-old Dylan Snow.

Taylor Whitaker spent her Thursday morning driving with her fiancé the more than four hours from her home in Indiana back to her hometow, Somerset, but this time the drive felt different.

“This 30 minutes from Rockcastle County was the worst. It felt like hours. I didn’t think I was going to get here. I didn’t think I was going to get to talk to people. It was the longest ride of my life,” Whitaker said.

That’s because Whitaker is coming back to Kentucky this time to mourn the death of her cousin, Dylan Snow.

Whitaker says Snow was much more than a cousin; he was like her little brother.

“He’s been my right hand man every baseball game, every softball game, soccer. Whatever we wanted to try, Dylan was there. We played football together. Everything,” Whitkaer said.

She says she was at her church in Indiana Wednesday night when she got a call from her grandmother.

“She said, ‘It was Dylan,’ and I said, ‘What do you mean?’ and she said, ‘Dylan died in that wreck today,’ and I said, ‘No, he didn’t,’ and she said, ‘Yeah,’ and after that I just lost it,” Whitaker said.

She says she had heard about the accident earlier that afternoon, but didn’t realize it was Snow inside that truck until her grandma told her.

“I just put two and two together. I went back and I looked at the picture and it dawned on me, that’s Dylan. That’s his truck,” Whitaker said.

She says she, herself, was injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver last year and it was snow who helped her recover.

“I woke up in the ambulance and I came back and Dylan’s like, ‘You know, he was a drunk driver but what if he had a bad day that day? He didn’t mean to hit you. He was going through his own stuff. You can’t be mad'” Whitaker said.

It’s that compassion, Whitaker says, gives her comfort that if both men would have lived, Snow would have forgiven the man who hit him.

“Dylan would be in that hospital. Take my bed to his bed let’s talk. He’s that type of person. He is genuinely a good person and I hate to see him go so soon. It’s not fair,” Whitaker said.

Troopers are still investigating the cause of the crash. Snow’s funeral will be this Sunday.