Saturday, September 28, started as a happy day for Karlee Singleton. She had just attended her older sister’s wedding and was heading home with her grandmother when disaster struck. The car’s accelerator malfunctioned, causing the vehicle to speed out of control on Ky 229. Though her grandmother was able to dodge a pair of trees, the Chevy Malibu crashed through the porch of an abandoned building and over an embankment.
Karlee managed to escape her seatbelt and, against the orders of her grandmother, climbed through the broken moonroof to safety. “I could tell she was in a lot of pain,” Karlee stated regarding her grandmother. Before her escape, she made sure to grab her cell phone to call for help. Despite losing a shoe she wandered up the embankment to the road. Unable to reach anyone on the phone, she flagged down folks passing by for assistance. Among the responders were a group of bikers that included a nurse and an engineer, and a lady in a gray car. Karlee remarked that earlier in the day she’d quipped to her father, “bikers scare me.”
The nurse tended to Karlee while the engineer managed to stop a leak at the crash site. Fire fighters arrived and were able to cut the grandmother free, she was later flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for care. Karlee was taken by ambulance to ARH Barbourville for her minor injuries, primarily seatbelt burns.
Deputy Bobby Jones responded to the scene and informed Karlee’s parent of the incident. He informed them she was very brave and able to provide all the information needed to contact her family. “I would have panicked,” said Rebekah Singleton, Karlee’s mother, regarding the accident. When asked where she learned what to do, Karlee said “its dad’s fault, we watch a lot of movies.”
Later that day Karlee was visited at the hospital by the fire fighters and ambulance drivers that responded to the crash. “Thank god for seatbelts,” said her mother referencing Karlee’s minor injuries. “If we can meet any of the bikers or the lady in the gray car, we would love to meet them, I would love to just hug their neck if they would contact us,” Singleton added.