Student critical after head-on vehicle collision

Cameron Koch

WKU sophomore Landon Lovett is seriously injured after a Memorial Day car accident called for doctors to place her in a medically induced coma.

The accident occurred last Monday night near Calvert City on Highway 95 when the car she and friend Shane McKenty were heading south in collided head-on with a vehicle heading north.

Lovett, a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center with multiple broken limbs last Monday. On Friday, doctors at the center placed her in a medically induced coma, believing it to be in her best interest and lasting for 72 hours. Four other individuals were injured in the accident.

Lovett is now being moved to Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, where she will continue recovery.

Immediately following the incident members from Lovett’s hometown of Benton, located in Marshall County, rallied support for her and her family. It has spawned multiple fundraising events and a prayer group on Facebook that currently has over 4,000 likes.

Misti Drew, who helps to run the Facebook page “Prayer Power: For Shane McKenty and Landon Lovett,” said the outpouring of support for the two families by the community has been incredible.

“It’s amazing, how they are outpouring their support for these families,” Drew said of the page. Drew said Lovett’s family is well known in the community, as Lovett’s father is the superintendent for Marshall County Schools.

“It’s just one of those situations where the entire community, even if they don’t know them personally, they know of them,” she said. “That’s one of the reasons I think it’s really captured the hearts and emotions of everybody,” she said.

A fundraising concert will take place on Sunday. Originally to be held at the Kentucky Opry in Paducah, the benefit concert will now be held in the gymnasium of Marshall County High School. The concert will begin at 1 p.m. and last until 7 p.m.  Tickets will cost $5 and all proceeds from the concert will go toward paying medical expenses for Lovett and McKenty.