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Meade County senior dies in car wreck (12/12)

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By Greg Crews

 

By GREG CREWS gcrews@thenewsenterprise.com MEADE COUNTY — No loss on a field, court or diamond could ever be as difficult as the loss Meade County High School felt Thursday. At 7:15 a.m., Meade County senior volleyball and basketball player Chelsea Stinnett was pronounced dead at the scene after being involved in an automobile collision on KY 1239 between Midway and Payneville, about five miles outside Brandenburg, according to a Kentucky State Police report. Stinnett was traveling southbound when she lost control of her car while rounding a curve. She spun into head-on traffic and struck the Dodge pickup of Joey Mattingly of Battletown, the report says. Mattingly was transported to University Hospital in Louisville with life-threatening injuries. According to Wave3.com, Stinnett’s mother, an EMS worker, was the first to arrive at the scene, unaware her daughter was involved in the accident. Stinnett, whose older brother Nick was a star football and basketball player at Meade County, was co-captain of the volleyball team and was the only senior on the girls’ basketball team. “More important than that, she was an important part of the community,” girls’ basketball coach Josh Hurt said. “She was a volleyball star and a basketball star, she was a great student and she did a lot with special education. “It’s a great loss for our entire community.” Meade County High School students are trying to organize a memorial at the high school for Sunday. Funeral arrangements had not yet been made as of Thursday evening. “We’ve had people from other schools e-mail us and call us and leave their sympathies with us. They know what kind of person she was,” Meade County athletic director John Proctor said. “The heartwarming part of this, if there is one, is to see the response it has brought. Also, the way the athletic family here has pulled together. It’s been a tough, long day, but we will get through it.” Tonight’s girls’ basketball game against Breckinridge County has been postponed, as has tonight’s boys’ game at Campbellsville. A decision has not yet been made for Monday’s girls’ game at Grayson County. Proctor said the funeral arrangements would determine if that game will be postponed. “(The basketball team) is a very close-nit group. She means a lot to us and to a lot of people,” Hurt said. “The key thing really is to be praying for Chelsea and her family right now. Thinking of her and her family. Basketball is down the line.” Greg Crews can be reached at 505-1754