By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Two families are grieving as the county records its fifth and sixth traffic fatalities of the year.
Joshua Campbell, of West 16th Street in London, and David Shepherd of Hopkins Cemetery Road in Lily, were pronounced dead at the scene of a one-vehicle traffic accident, at the Bee Rock Campground in southwestern Laurel County.
Some fisherman who were in the area early Saturday afternoon spotted an orange Chevrolet vehicle resting on its top on the Laurel County side of the Rockcastle River camping area. Inside the vehicle were two 19-year-old men, who apparently died from injuries in the crash.
The tire marks in the grass show the route where the vehicle failed to maneuver a curve in the roadway of the campground area. The car ran into a sign, a dumpster and two large rocks in a small graveled turn-around area near the campground’s intersection with Ky. 192. The roof of the car hit a tree along the side of the riverbank, causing the vehicle to overturn and pinning the occupants inside.
The Laurel County EMS, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, the Laurel County Coroner’s Office, the London-Laurel County Rescue Squad, Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Milton Storm and members of the Bald Rock Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. The two men had to be extricated from the vehicle by the rescue squad members. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
Carla Johnson, Campbell’s aunt, said her nephew was a “loving boy” who was very kind and loved his family dearly.
“He loved fishing and hunting and the outdoors. That’s why he was there, to go fishing,” she said.
Although Johnson said she did not know the other victim of the fatal accident, she did know that Campbell and David Shepherd were friends.
“He (Campbell) loved life and he was the kind of person that wouldn’t leave without telling you he loved you,” she continued. “He leaves behind a wife, a small baby and a stepson that he loved better than anything.”
A native Laurel Countian, Campbell attended schools within the county, including North Laurel High School.
“He will forever be missed,” Johnson said.
Attempts to contact Shepherd's family were unsuccessful.