Teen killed in wrong-way crash remembered


by WHAS11


Posted on April 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 4:26 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) —Family members and those who knew the teen killed in a wrong-way crash on the Greenbelt Highway are remembering her life.

Ellissa Greenwell, 18, was killed on Saturday morning when a man, who was identified as 31-year-old Jacobo Melendaz-Lopex, was driving a Chevy Blazer north in the southbound lanes when he crashed into another Chevy Blazer driven by Greenwell who was traveling south.

Melendaz-Lopex was pronounced dead at University Hospital on Saturday morning.

Greenwell's family was too emotional to talk on camera, but  they shared pictures of their 18-year-old daughter.

Greenwell was a graduate of Southern High School and a girl they described as responsible and doing all the things she was supposed to.

“It just breaks my heart. I have known her since she was a little girl, 4 or 5-year-old, used to play with my grandson,” Sherri Harr, a neighbor said.

Neighbors on her street just heard of her passing on Monday.

One neighbor talked of the dangers of the intersection of Greenwood Road and Greenbelt Highway.

Police say the roadway is the scene of numerous accidents.

Her family says she was working at the Guess Distribution Center and had been living on her own and was doing well.

Her former principal at Southern High School said she was in the business management program.

“She always had a smile on her face, she was happy to come to school and a tragic situation and our prayers go out to her family,” Bryce Hibbard, Southern High School principal said.

Greenwell's family is finalizing the visitation and funeral plans with services will be held at Owen Funeral Home on Dixie Highway.