UPDATE: Family mourns 18-year-old killed in crash

UPDATE, 11 P.M., DEC. 6, 2020

RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – A car accident leaves a Madison County family mourning an 18-year-old boy.

“If you knew Jordan, you knew he had dreams too big for this world,” Sabrina Turner says, Jordan Ledford’s older sister.

Turner says her brother was full of life and had big plans ahead of him.

“We came from a very small town that is very poor, but Jordan knew that that wasn’t going to stop him,” Turner says.

She says one his passions were cars, and he planned to own an expensive one in the future, but for now, he decided to start small. Shortly after his 18th birthday in October, he bought his very first one.

“He sent me a picture that night he got home, he said, ‘sis, she’s a beaut.’ He went around showing me this car, and it’s the smallest car you’ve ever seen but he was proud of it.”

No one could predict that two months later, Ledford would get in a fatal accident in that car.

His mother, Christy Ledford, says it doesn’t feel real.

“I just want this to be a dream,” Christy says. “My son can’t be dead.”

He was only miles from home. at the intersection of Boonsboro Road and Kentucky 388 when it happened.

The Madison County coroner says Ledford was thrown from his car and was pronounced dead early Saturday morning.

His family says it was a hit and run, saying witnesses saw an 18-wheeler leave the scene, though investigators haven’t released the exact circumstances other than it was crash. Crews spent at least 12 hours reconstructing the crash Saturday.

“I  hope their family never has to feel what my family is going through – the hurt knowing that my child is never coming home,” Christy says. “I will never hear my child tell me or his dad that he loves us again.”

The family is waiting for autopsy results.

UPDATE, 6 P.M., DEC. 5, 2020

RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – The man killed in a one-car crash on Boonesboro Road at the Madison-Clark County line early Saturday has been identified as 18-year-old Jordan Ledford, according to Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison.

And Ledford’s family suggests in social media posts the accident may have been a hit and run.

The teen was ejected from his car in the crash, according to the coroner. Ledford, a student at Madison Central High School, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happened near Ledford’s home on Red House Road. His family had moved to Madison County from Harlan, Ky., after coal mines there shut down, according to family and friend Facebook posts.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

Anderson Laws & Jones Funeral Home in Harlan is in charge of arrangements.


CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Emergency personnel have spent much of Saturday working a fatal traffic accident on Boonesboro Road at the Clark-Madison County line.

The accident was reported at 2:42 a.m. at the intersection of Boonesboro Road — KY 627 — and KY 388, which is the entrance to Boonesborough State Park on the west side of the Kentucky River in Madison County, according to law enforcement on the scene and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The  accident apparently involved on vehicle and one fatality. Madison County Sheriff’s investigators are working the accident.

The road was closed for reconstruction until after 1 p.m.

White Hall volunteer firefighters helped with the road closure and directing traffic.

The cause of the accident, vehicles involved, victims and other details have not been released.

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