Caleb Capps, an 18-year-old freshman baseball player at Lindsey Wilson College, was killed in a car crash nine miles north of Columbia on Highway 55. Capps, an Edmonton resident, was driving his 2004 Chevy Truck to an annual bonfire when he slid off the road after coming around a curve. His vehicle went through a guardrail and down an embankment; Capps was thrown from the truck because he was not wearing a seat belt and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
There were two female passengers in the truck with Capps – Jessica Mikel, 18 and Jessica Burba, 17. Both girls were injured and Mikel was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital, while Burba was taken to University of Louisville Hospital. Mikel was treated and released, but Burba remains in serious condition in the ICU. The two girls are both from Louisville and were not wearing seat belts.
Another passenger, Antonio Simmons, 18, was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. Police believe that alcohol may have been a contributing factor and they are investigating.
We offer our most sincere condolences to Caleb’s family and friends and we hope those injured will have a full and speedy recovery.