- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Family and friends gathered at a football field in Nicholasville over the weekend to remember a family of five killed in a head-on highway crash.

Steven and Shaila Hibbard and their three children died in the crash on Thursday on U.S. 27 when their station wagon crossed the median and struck a minivan.

On Sunday, hundreds of people who knew the family gathered at the vigil to remember the couple. Family friend Brandy Tolson called Steven Hibbard “the most loveable redneck ever,” the Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1iT5bhE ) reported.

A passenger in the minivan, Angelia D. Poe, 48, of Virginia, was the crash’s sixth victim. Four others in the van, which was owned by a Christian ministry, were hurt.

Ked Frank, director of the Refuge for Women ministry in Lexington, said Monday that the van’s driver is expected to be released from the hospital this week. Three other women in the van remained the hospital on Monday, two of them still in critical condition.

The ministry helps women who work in the sex industry as exotic dancers, escorts or prostitutes get a new lease on life by offering a place to live and the means to transition to a new job.

Frank said Poe had sought help from the group about two months ago and was doing well. Frank said he met with Poe’s family over the weekend, and he said “they wished she would have found this organization earlier in life.”

Police continue to investigate the crash, which occurred Thursday near dusk when the Hibbard family’s station wagon “lost control and crossed the median,” striking the van, according to a police news release.

Along with the Hibbards, the crash killed their daughters, 3-year-old Kylee Jo and 5-year-old Alyssa, and 7-year-old James Tanner Phillips, Shaila Hibbard’s son from a previous relationship.

At the vigil on Sunday, Steven Hibbard’s mother, Sabra Taylor, said she wasn’t surprised by the crowd attending the vigil.

“My son was very loved by people, and he loved life,” Taylor said. “There was nobody he didn’t help.”

Funeral arrangements at Hager and Cundiff Funeral Home were pending on Monday.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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