LANCASTER - A longtime teacher at Paint Lick Elementary School and two others with Garrard County ties were killed Tuesday in an auto accident in Florida.
Lois Clark Speake, 72, of Lancaster, and her sister and brother-in-law, Bettye Clark Prewitt and Herbert Prewitt of Marrietta, Ga., both 69, died when the 1957 Thunderbird they were driving to a classic car show was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on the Florida Turnpike and flipped. All three were ejected and died at the scene.
They were headed to a "T-birds in Paradise" classic car show in Miami when the accident occurred. Herbert Prewitt, who was driving, had restored the bright-yellow car and exhibited it at car shows "all over," said his daughter, Amy Prewitt of Mason, Ohio.
All three were born and raised in Garrard County.
Mrs. Speake, who taught second grade at Paint Lick, had been at the school for more than 40 years. Including early stints at the old Buckeye and Wrenn's View schools in Garrard County, she spent 47 years in the classroom.