SCHS student dies in car wreck

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Shelby County High School student Blake Palmer died in a car wreck Thursday night.

Driving rain was a factor as the car reportedly hydroplaned off the road.

According to a press release from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the wreck occurred around 5:43 p.m. at the 1300 Block of Hempridge Road. Palmer's car was the only vehicle involved and he was the only occupant. 

According to the Sheriff's office, Palmer was driving southbound on Hempridge Road when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a fence on the east side of the road. 

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the incident. 

Shelby County Public Schools sent out an email at about 9:15 Thursday night confirming the incident.

“It is with a great deal of sadness that I inform you that earlier this evening one of our Shelby County High School students died in automobile accident. This tragic event touches the entire school community and I want you to be informed in order to discuss it with your child,” the email read.

It goes on to note that grief counselors and mental health staff will be available at schools on Friday.