KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – A Kentucky community mourns the loss of one teenager and hopes for the recovery of another.
On Thursday, May 20, Dalton Hunter, 18, was killed when the car he was in, a 2004 Nissan Maxima, crossed the center line and hit a semi-trailer head-on. The Nissan was driven by an 18 year old Natasha Miracle.
Hunter and Miracle were both Bell County High School seniors.
Miracle is a soccer player. She was No.3 on the Bell County High School Girls’ Soccer Team. Just hours before the accident, she had signed on to play this fall at Union College in Barbourville, Ky.
“Natasha is one of the cutest, sweetest young women you’ve ever met,” her high school coach Brett Thompson said. “That’s until you put her on a soccer field.”
Thompson went on to say that she always played so confidently and was a great captain and role model for other players.
Her father, Gillis Miracle, said his daughter was energetic and full of life.
“She’s got a lot going for her, she’s got a lot going for her and she’s going to be fine, I know that,” Miracle said. “As a father, I am very proud.”
The family tell us that Miracle has several broken bones, severe bruises, and has not yet woken up.
She reportedly underwent successful surgery on Thursday and doctors are hopeful.
We have contacted Hunter’s family, have yet to receive a response.
Kentucky State Police are still investigating the crash. No charges have been filed yet.
This is a developing story. We will continue to update it as we learn more.