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Memorial fund established for family affected in tragic accident

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By Mallory Bilger

A memorial fund has been established to assist the family of Mount Eden resident 36-year-old Jason Thompson who was killed in a three-vehicle accident on Ky. 55 on Aug. 14.
Thompson had his two children in the car at the time of the accident — 10-year-old Brooke Thompson and 8-year-old Jacob Thompson. Both children sustained multiple injuries and are Taylorsville Elementary School students. A family friend and coworker of Jason Thompson’s wife, Shannon Thompson, who asked that she not be identified by name, said Shannon and the children are hoping to be able to return home together sometime this week.
According to information provided to the newspaper from the Thompson family, Brooke sustained a broken collar bone, cuts and bruises, but has been released from the hospital. Jacob was reportedly injured more severely than Brooke and continues to receive treatment for a broken leg, pelvis, collar bone and several internal injuries. The family friend said Jacob would require months of in-home therapy and that Shannon would not be able to return to work because of the family’s medical needs. Jacob is currently receiving treatment at Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville.
“They’re doing pretty good,” the family friend said. “As well as to be expected, I suppose. There are times when they seem to be down and not themselves, and then there are times when they seem to forget where they are.”
TES Counselor Heidi Heiss said Brooke and Jacob’s classmates have made encouragement cards that were delivered by visiting TES faculty members. She said a few classmates have also been able to visit the siblings at the hospital.
According to a Kentucky State Police news release, the accident occurred when a 2007 Ford F150 pickup operated by Bradley G. Byrd, 35, of Taylorsville, was traveling north on Ky. 55 around 6:10 a.m. Aug. 14.
A 1996 red Ford Mustang operated by Thompson was stopped northbound on Ky. 55, waiting to make a left turn onto Ky. 1633. The operator of the pickup failed to stop, striking the Mustang in the rear. The Mustang was forced across a double yellow line and was struck by a 1992 gold Cadillac traveling southbound on Ky. 55. The Cadillac was being operated by Charles W. Stiles, 61, of Taylorsville. 
Stiles was transported to a Louisville hospital by Spencer County EMS. According to the release, Byrd was injured, but was not transported by EMS. The accident is still under investigation by KSP.
The Jason Thompson Memorial Fund has been established at Republic Bank. Donations will assist the family with medical and other expenses, according to the release. Donors can contribute at any Republic Bank location, including the Shelbyville branch. There are also numerous branches in Louisville.