MSU Student Killed In Icy Crash

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A Northern Kentucky family is in mourning after a crash on an icy road took the life of a Morehead State University student.

Joey Lorenz, 23, was killed on I-75 in Grant County Sunday night when his car slid on the ice and hit a semi that was slowing down during the winter weather.

“He will be missed by many people,” said Mary Lorenz, Joey’s mother. “Joey was one that enjoyed life. He lived life to the utmost, he was just always in a good mood… very carefree.”

Investigators said Joey lost control of his car in the snow on the interstate and slammed into the back of a semi that had slowed down because of the weather.

His parents say Joey had surprised them by going home for the weekend during his spring break. He was on the road heading to Rowan County where he was to student-teach a make-up snow day at Rodburn Elementary.

“He surprised us Friday night by coming home,” said Mary.

The couple says Joey hardly got to come home because he was busy volunteering. He used to help with football at Holy Cross in Covington and was a camp counselor the last two Summers.

“Joey never seemed to be down, they would always tell us. And he could always bring a smile to somebody’s face,” said Joey’s father, Ted Lorenz.

Now his family is fighting the pain with a sense of comfort knowing a part of Joey will forever live on through the young lives he helped shape.

“To know that he made such a contribution in such a short time,” said Mary.

Joey was in his last semester of school at Morehead and would have graduated in May.