Henderson Faces Charges In Anderson, Mercer Counties After Police Chase

Students Wear Pink To Honor Jill Hurst

Students across the Bluegrass, including Mercer County students attending last week’s big game against Boyle County, wore pink to honor Jill Hurst, an 18-year-old graduate of Anderson County High School who died after being struck by an impaired driver. That driver, David Henderson, faces charges in both Mercer and Anderson Counties.

Robert Moore

Herald Staff

rmoore@harrodsburgherald.com

The driver involved in a high speed chase that killed one woman is facing more charges.

Last week, David Earl Henderson II, 30, of Hawesville, appeared for arraignment in Anderson County. Henderson is charged with two counts of assault in Anderson County.

The chase began at 10:42 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, when Patrolman Brian Cloyd of the Harrodsburg Police Department observed the 2013 Chrysler 200 Henderson was driving swerving in the northbound lane of Louisville Road.

Henderson refused to stop. According to the arrest citation, he reached speeds of more than 120 MPH and caused at least five other vehicles—including two school buses—to swerve in order to avoid hitting him.

David Henderson is being held on bonds worth $260,000 after being arrested for his role in a high speed police chase that left one Anderson County woman dead.

The chase ended in Anderson County, when Henderson crashed into a Nissan Altima at the US 127-US 62 intersection.

The driver of the Nissan, an 18-year-old graduate of Anderson County High School named Jill Hurst, was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where she died. Hurst was on her way home from the game between Anderson and Mercer County on the night of the collision. During high school football games last Friday night, students across the Bluegrass, including Mercer County, wore pink in her honor.

According to the Fayette County Coroner, Hurst died from traumatic brain injuries sustained in the crash. One of the passengers in Hurst’s car also suffered a fractured spine. Henderson and a passenger inside his car were also taken to UK for treatment.

According to the uniform citation, the female passenger told an EMT that Henderson was “driving while high on acid and didn’t want to stop because they had a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.”

In Mercer County, Henderson has been charged with speeding 26 MPH over the posted speed limit, reckless driving, 1st-degree fleeing/evading police in a motor vehicle, 1st-degree wanton endangerment (10 counts), failure to/improper signal, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, instructional permit violations, improper lane usage and 1st-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer (four counts). He was also served with a Grayson County warrant for failure to appear. Henderson is being held at Boyle County Detention Center on bonds worth $260,000. He will return to court in Mercer County today, Thursday, Sept. 19.

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