Students and staff of Farristown Middle School are mourning the loss of seventh grader Justin Tillery. Tillery passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, from injuries after being involved in a collision Friday night in Jackson County.

“Justin’s death has greatly impacted the school community as well as the Madison County community. As a school and a district, we offer our sincerest condolences to his family and friends,” said Madison County Schools Community Education Director Erin Stewart in a press release.

In order to help those affected by grief, the Madison County School’s Crisis Response Team will be at Farristown Middle School for as long as needed.

Surge, the personalized t-shirt printing store located in Richmond, heard about Tillery’s passing from social media, as well as their contacts in the school system, and decided to act.

The store’s website,, now has Flyer Strong t-shirts available for purchase with all of the proceeds going towards helping Tillery’s family with funeral and medical costs.

“We wanted to do our part to help however we could,” said Casey McKean, sales manager

Farristown Middle School is also planning fundraisers to help Tillery’s family.

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, is investigating the fatal collision that occurred just after 7 p.m. Friday night, on KY Highway 290 in McKee.

The initial investigation indicates, a 1999 International flatbed truck and trailer crossed the center line and collided with a 2001 Nissan Frontier, operated by Dustin Tillery, 35, McKee. As a result of collision, Dustin Tillery was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jackson County Coroner, according to a KSP release.

Two of his juvenile passengers were airlifted from the scene to the University Kentucky Hospital with serious injuries, where one of them, Justin Tillery, 13, later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

According to our news partner WKYT, the other juvenile passenger, is expected to be okay.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by Trooper Shane Bowling. He was assisted on scene by KSP Post 7 personnel, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Fire & EMS and the Jackson County Coroner's Office.

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