Former Greencastle, Pa. resident dies in Kentucky car crash

February 03, 2012|By HEATHER KEELS |
  • Tiffany and Josh Porter
Submitted photo

TOMPKINSVILLE, Ky. — Former Greencastle, Pa., resident Tiffany Webb Porter, 24, died Wednesday in a car crash in Tompkinsville, Ky., where she had lived since 2008, according to family members and Kentucky State Police.

Tiffany Porter and her husband, Joshua Porter, 22, were driving north on Ky. 163 in a 1998 Ford at about 9:42 a.m. when the vehicle hydroplaned and slid into the path of a southbound 1995 Chevy pickup truck, police said.

Tiffany Porter was transported to the Monroe County Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead by the Monroe County coroner, police said.

Joshua Porter was admitted to Vanderbilt Medical Center with serious injuries, police said.

Neither was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, police said.

The driver of the Chevy, Raymond L. Martin, 41, of Edmonton, Ky., who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Greenview Medical Center in Bowling Green with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

Tiffany Porter was the daughter of Dale Webb of Hagerstown and Pattie Chaney of Greencastle. She lived in Hagerstown as a child, then in Rouzerville, Pa., and later Greencastle, graduating from Greencastle-Antrim High School in 2007, family members said.

“It was a shock when we found out about it,” said David Martin, who is Chaney’s longtime domestic partner and helped raise Tiffany.

Martin described the girl he nicknamed “Tiffers” as sweet, quiet and kind to everyone.

“Her smile just kind of lifted you up,” Martin said.

Porter has a brother, Dale Webb Jr. of Fayetteville, Pa.; a half-sister, Samantha Webb of Hagerstown; and a half-brother, Andrew Webb of Hagerstown.

Porter’s uncle, Richard Webb, remembered her Friday as a shy, loving girl who splashed in mud puddles as a child and cared about animals.

“She just wanted to be a good teenager, to succeed in life and make something of herself,” he said.

She was attending school to be a beautician when she met Joshua and went to live with him in Kentucky. They were married in May 2009.

Joshua Porter was listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt Medical center Friday. Martin said the family had heard he was “getting a little better,” and it was expected he would be moved out of the trauma center in a few days.

Funeral arrangements had not been finalized Friday.

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