Owen County community mourns loss of family killed in wrong-way crash


OWEN COUNTY, Ky. (FOX 56) – A fatal crash has left the Owen County community in pieces. Catherine Green, her two sons and two stepdaughters were killed in a head-on collision over the weekend.

Police say Jamaica Caudill was driving the wrong way on I-75 when she crashed into the family of five.

“It’s very upsetting to know that something like this could have been avoided,” Owen County resident Tracy Skinner said.

The Greenes lived in Owen County. McDonald & New Funeral Home is covering all funeral expenses.

“The casket, the vault, the cemetery,” said Bryan New, the owner of McDonald & New Funeral Home.

New knows the family and used to work with Jon Greene, Catherine’s husband and the children’s father.

“I wasn’t a close friend of Jon, but I knew him. To have to sit there and make arrangements for this type of situation is just devastating to everybody but we try to help them the best we can,” New said.


The Owen Co. School District is helping too, providing grief counselors to the community.

“Our goal has been to put resources and support in place for our students during summer school and other students that may have been friends,” Owen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Stafford said.

Superintendent Stafford said 11-year-old Santanna, nine-year-old Karmen, and five-year-old Jack all attended Owen Co. Elementary. Skinner’s daughter used to play with Karmen.

“I was in no shape yesterday thinking what it would be like to lose a child like that,” Skinner said.

At the funeral home, people can send flower arrangements or plant trees in memory of the Greene family.

The funeral will take place Thursday at 2:00 at Owenton First Baptist Church on Main St.

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