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The last time high school best friends Rosita Velez and Sandrice Parker spoke, Velez recalled they discussed making plans to hang out. The two graduated in 2007 from North Hardin High School but went to different colleges and lived in different cities.
Parker, who was living and working in Bowling Green, recently posted an update on Facebook about working on a movie, Velez remembered. Parker told her it was going to air on the Sundance Channel.
Early Monday morning, Parker, 24, was killed in a motorcycle wreck on Ewing Ford Road in Bowling Green.
“This is weird to me,” Velez said Tuesday. “She was my best friend in high school. She was always there for me.”
Parker was a four-year member of the Trojan Color Guard during her time at North Hardin, according to Velez. After graduating, she went on to study fashion design at Western Kentucky University.
Her family continues to live in Radcliff, said Velez, 24, of Louisville.
According to Kentucky State Police, Parker was a passenger on a motorcycle when the driver, Timothy K. Madison, 22, of Bowling Green, lost control and collided with a rock barrier.
The collision came after a city police sergeant observed Madison operating the motorcycle in a “reckless manner” on Lovers Lane, according to a news release from KSP Post 3 in Bowling Green.
The sergeant turned on his lights and attempted a traffic stop, police said, but the motorcycle accelerated to a high rate of speed.
“(The sergeant) stated that he observed a passenger on the back of the motorcycle and deactivated his emergency equipment and terminated the pursuit of the motorcycle,” the release reads.
The motorcycle continued through an intersection onto Ewing Ford Road when Madison lost control, striking a rock barrier and then a security gate before coming to a rest, police said.
On Tuesday, Post 3 spokesman Jonathan Biven said Parker was wearing a helmet while Madison was not. Police do not suspect drug or alcohol involvement and the investigation is ongoing, he said.
A Warren County coroner pronounced both dead, according to KSP.
When Velez met Parker nearly 10 years ago as a freshman at North Hardin, she recalled the two bonded because they both were quiet.
“She was so sweet,” Velez said, “but she had a little diva in her, too.”
Not long after the two graduated high school in 2007, Velez recalled, she and Parker were at her parents’ house in Radcliff and had dressed up to meet some male friends.
With the intention of sneaking out of the house, she said the two friends told her parents they were going outside to play with the family’s dogs.
“We were dressed up like we were going to the club,” Velez remembered with a slight laugh, “but we went out the back like we were going to play with the dogs.”
Velez learned of Parker’s death Monday but said she had not heard any funeral details.
“I wish I could find that movie,” Velez said.
Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.