Fund set up for woman killed in I-64 car wreck

State Journal staff report Published:

The family of the 22-year-old woman who died Sunday in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 is seeking donations to help cover funeral costs.

Austin Hemze, 23, the boyfriend of Courtney Bryant, said they probably need about $2,500 to $3,000 to pay for everything, but the exact costs are yet unknown.

The family set up an account with Kentucky Employees Credit Union on Monday called the Austin Hemze for Courtney Bryant Fund. Hemze said anyone could donate at the credit union at 100 Moore Drive.

“I appreciate anything,” he said. “We’re just wanting to lay her to rest basically. If there’s anything left over, it’s going to her son.”

Bryant had a 3-year-old son, Myles.

“She was just a very loving mother,” Hemze said. “She loved her son with all her heart.”

Hemze said people could also donate at certain businesses throughout Frankfort where there are buckets with Bryant’s photo on it.

Bryant’s funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Peaks Mill Baptist Church.

“We miss her a lot,” Hemze said.

Bryant was driving westbound on I-64 near the 57-mile marker when her 2012 Toyota Yaris left the roadway and struck a guardrail.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene at 10:26 p.m. Paramedics found the woman unresponsive, and the Franklin County Coroner’s Office pronounced her dead at the scene.

Bryant was the lone occupant of the vehicle. She was not wearing a seat belt and excessive speed did not appear to be a factor, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Pat Melton said toxicology reports are pending, but it could be a few weeks before the results are available.

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  • It was beyond poor taste & served absolutely no purpose whatsoever. This young woman is dead & cannot defend herself. The state journal has gotten bad lately in their reporting & it took more than one person to get that tidbit into the press. It must run deep down there!

  • I thought the article on the front page of the State Journal Sunday was in very poor taste. There was no reason whatsoever to bring in pending charges. The poor woman died.