LAWRENCEBURG — A trial will not be necessary in the matter of the deaths of Jacob Blankenship and DeQuavius Weaver, and serious injuries to Josh Harbold and Dendreck Holmes, high school students from Hopkinsville, according to attorney John Kirk.
“This devastating tragedy that took the lives of two young boys and injured two others has caused great suffering to four outstanding families, suffering that would have been compounded had the event been presented to a court and jury, although we were ready to do just that,” Kirk confided.
Kirk said that he is happy that a trial was not necessary. “That is quite correct,” he said. “Thanks to outstanding work by Phillip Blair and John C. Kirk, the two insurance companies agreed to do the right thing following mediation and compensate these families for their losses.”
Although Kirk acknowledges that settlement was made “in a seven-figure amount,” he cannot state the precise amount of settlement. “Out of respect for the privacy of the families, we will not comment on the specific amounts of settlement,” Kirk said.
On the afternoon of March 21, 2014, Blankenship, DeQuavius, Harbold and Holmes traveled from Christian County to Lexington to watch the Boys High School State Tournament. After the night game, they were traveling back home on the Bluegrass Parkway in Anderson County when their vehicle, a Nissan pickup, was involved in a crash with a parked tractor-trailer, a crash that resulted in serious injuries to Harbold and Holmes and caused the deaths of Blankenship and DeQuavius.
“This was so sad, because these young high school boys were so loved by their families and were so highly-regarded by their many friends,” Kirk said. “The boys excelled in school and were on a school-related trip when tragedy occurred. Reliving that night through a trial would have been an additional trauma to their four good families.”