High school teacher, coach killed in morning accident


by Brittany Gonzalez


Posted on October 15, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 2:49 AM

(WHAS11) -- One person has died and another was sent to University Hospital after an accident in Spencer County Monday morning.

That wreck involved two cars on Highway 1319 near the intersection of Dale Lane and Wilsonville Road.

The Shelby County Coroner tells WHAS11 that Brian Walters, 38, was killed in the crash. Walters was an English teacher at Bullitt East. He was also the girl’s soccer coach at Ballard High School.

Walters was married with two kids.

According Kentucky State Patrol, Walters was two miles from his home headed into work when we over corrected a turn and crashed into a black truck. Witnesses said his Honda Civic went into a ditch. Walters died on the scene.  

His death sent shock through the Bullitt East High School halls.

“People were walking down the halls and you could just hear crying…just sad. Everyone just broke down into tears,” Bullitt East High School Student Mason Tharp said.

According to Bullitt East Principal, Willie Foster, Walters had taught at the school for four years.

“He not only helped them with writing and English he guided kids through the process of figuring out high school and what they wanted to do in life,” Foster said.

Several of Walters’ former students came to the high school to honor his life.

“I just got home from work and the first thing I could think of was to come here and to just see anybody, go into his room,” Jacob Brainer said.

Brainer graduated in 2011 from Bullitt East. He had Walters as a teacher for two years.

“My senior year I would always pass him every day in the hall. We always just kind of teased each other…always ended with a smile. I would just give him a smile,” Brainer said.   

The Ballard soccer game Monday night against Sacred Heart has been canceled and the team will decide when to continue playing.

The other victim was taken to University Hospital; we do not know their condition at this time.