Identities released for fatal accident victims, friends speak out


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 5:13 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Police say 22-year-old Christopher Walker was headed south on Blankenbaker Parkway when he hit a median. They say 21-year-old Kendra Crawford was thrown from the bike and hit the sound barrier.

They say Walker continued on and hit a tree--he was thrown from the bike as well. Police believe both died on impact.

"They do believe it was a very high rate of speed. Coming down around the curve on Blankenbaker, he was just unable to negotiate that curve," LMPD's Carey Klain said.

Police say when Walker flew off the bike, he was thrown into a backyard nearby. While the accident happened between midnight and 1 a.m., police weren't called until around 8 a.m. when the bodies were discovered. They say because of the extent of their injuries, they couldn't have been saved.

"They did have extensive protective gear on their bodies, but there have been no helmets that have been located," Klain said. 

Today the scene is clear. All that's left are flowers and a cross. There are also friends sharing their memories of Walker and Crawford.

"She and Chris really loved each other," friend Kalie Garrett said.

Kalie Garrett was best friends with Kendra Crawford. She came today to pay her respects.

"I came here yesterday and sat with her family. I wanted to come see her again today," Garrett said.

About a mile up the street, Chris Walker's co-workers at Six Sigma are mourning his death.

"He was an outgoing guy. He loved his daughter; he talked about his daughter constantly," Six Sigma shop manager Robert Anderson said.

Anderson says that in his five years at the machine building company, Walker did a little bit of everything. Today, the business has lowered its flags to half-staff to honor the man who loved to ride his motorcycle.

"He had just gotten this motorcycle about a month ago and I know he was excited about it," Anderson said.

For now loved ones are trying to cope with the loss.

"Kendra was the light in a lot of people's lives," Garrett said.

"Every position he's been in the guys loved him because he was a hustler. He was a worker, had a go getter attitude," Anderson said.

Police say speed is a factor, but it's not yet known if alcohol was as well. Toxicology results are pending. Visitation for Walker and Crawford is set for Friday at Owen Funeral Home on Taylorsville Road, with the funeral following on Saturday also at Owen.

Walker's co-workers at Six Sigma have set up a fund for his 4-year-old daughter. Donations can be made in his name at any local PNC bank.