Local teen dies in Floyd County crash PDF Print E-mail

Eastern students former and present, filled social media with memories of a 19-year old Pekin girl who was died Saturday as a result of injuries suffered in an accident the morning before.


Havannah Balentine, 19 of Pekin, was driving a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix south on Grant Line Road approaching Chapel Ln.

A report issued by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department states Balentine’s vehicle crossed a set of railroad tracks in a curve and went into the north bound lane around 9 a.m. Friday morning.

The investigation suggests that Balentine over-corrected twice, causing her vehicle to lose control.

Officers speculated she then collided into a silver 2005 Kia van driven by John Wright, 35 of Borden, that was traveling north.

Balentine was transported to University of Louisville Hospital where she died from her injuries the following day.

Three passengers traveling with Wright were transported with non life-threatening injuries.

Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department.

Balentine’s obituary can be found on the obituary page.