Officials with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Richmond Police Department are investigating the details surrounding a fatal crash early Saturday which led to the death of 18-year-old Jordan Ledford.
The family is seeking answers as well.
Ledford’s family said Monday that a witness at the scene of the fatal crash saw a blue tractor-trailer fleeing the scene. They believe that vehicle was part of a hit-and-run, which may have led to the death of the 18-year-old.
Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison confirmed on Saturday the crash happened at the Intersection of Red House Road and Highway 627 and Ledford was pronounced dead at the scene.
The coroner added Ledford had appeared to have been thrown from the vehicle.
According to Richmond Assistant Chief of Police Rodney Richardson, his department is assisting with reconstruction of the accident.
He said crews were still investigating the cause of the incident, or if there were other vehicles involved.
Ledford’s sister, Sabrina Taylor, said the family is grieving the loss of her brother whom she described as ambitious and hard working.
“He had extremely big dreams and plans for his life. He loved his family, friends, diesel trucks and riding around in his car. He knew the town we grew up in didn’t have a lot to offer and wasn’t going to fall in the statistics. He wanted a family, his own apartment and worked so hard to pay for his own car,” Taylor said of her brother.
The family hopes more answers will be revealed as the investigation continues and that people will come forward with information about the incident.
“I’ve got to know, for my own peace of mind, why you left my baby laying in the cold,” Vernon Ledford, Jordan’s father, told Richmond Register news partner WKYT.
According to family members, Ledford did not have life insurance but those that wish to help with funeral expenses can send donations to Anderson Laws & Jones Funeral Home in Harlan, Ky. Donations can also be made online through the funeral home’s website www.aljfh.com.
Turner said the family has been grateful for the local support and continued prayers.
“We want them to know that every penny is put toward his funeral expenses,” Turner said on Monday. “We loved him so much and will continue to. We can’t wait to see him again in heaven and oh, what a day that’ll be.”