A John Hardin High School senior was killed Saturday night in a two-car collision, the school district said Monday.

Senior Katarina Peeters, 17, was one of two teenagers who died in the crash at the intersection of U.S. 31W and Battle Training Road. Kentucky State Police previously identified Jacob Barber, 18, of Elizabethtown, as the other victim.

Barber attended John Hardin High School and graduated from Hardin County High School. Barber was driving a 2000 Honda Accord and attempting to cross U.S. 31W when he was struck by a truck involved in a police pursuit.

HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan released a statement Monday about the crash.

“Katarina was a wonderful student that enjoyed her time in and out of the classroom,” Morgan said. “She was truly loved by family and friends. She was also a member of the school’s archery team. She had lots of potential and had a successful life in front of her.

“Jacob was a leader and a young man that had a full and vibrant life ahead of him as well. He also was a wonderful student and was admired by his peers, his family, teachers and school staff.”

Additional counselors are available for students and staff for as long as they are needed, Morgan said. She encouraged the community and HCS family to keep these families in their thoughts.

The Meade County Sheriff’s Office, Vine Grove Police Department and Radcliff Police Department were in pursuit of a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Shawn Welsh, 36, of Marion, West Virginia. The vehicle reportedly was stolen. As Welsh attempted to travel south through the intersection, he struck the car.

Welsh was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and later released into the custody of the Meade County Sheriff’s Office.

Two other juvenile passengers in Barber’s vehicle, who were also John Hardin students, were transported to Norton Children’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Trooper Scotty R. Sharp, spokesman for KSP Post 4, said he did not have any updates on their condition as of Monday morning.

Morgan said the district will continue to think about those students, their families and friends as they walk the road of recovery.

“All of these families will have our continued support,” she said. “Family takes care of each other and the HCS family will continue to share its love and support.”

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My prayers go out to the victims & their families. I feel that the police should have either ended the chase earlier by tactics such as spike strips or the pit maneuver or just back off and not put the innocent in harms way. The police really screwed this up & should be held accountable


I agree that there should have been safer techniques used by the police. Pursuing a person down busy highways results in avoidance actions by the criminal driver that can have a high probability of resulting in deaths.

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