Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Brandon Carl, 35, of Augusta, Kentucky, who died when the Hopple Street overpass bridge collapsed last night. Carl was operating a backhoe near the overpass. Family members said Carl’s oldest child, a 14-year-old daughter, went to school today because she has a basketball game and knew her dad would want her to play. She is a student at Bracken County High School. The Polar Bears are on the road to Montgomery County. Good luck to Coach Kelsch and his team as they sure will be playing with heavy hearts this evening.
Kennedy, an 8th grader is already playing girls varsity for Bracken County High School. The team will start playing playoff basketball next week and Brandon was going to take a day off of work so he could watch her.
“He played some high school basketball himself, he was real proud of her,” Charles said. “It was all he could talk about.”
Brandon was a big man, about 6’1″ and 250 pounds, according to his father. And he liked to eat steak. “He liked to go down to Bob Evans and order the biggest steak on the menu,” Charles said. “He would take me out on my birthday every year and we would both get a steak.”
Brandon graduated from Augusta High School in 1998 and started working immediately. In addition to working for Kokosing Construction Company, Brandon loved to work the land. He farmed with his dad and helped raise dairy cows and then beef cattle, using the extra money to help with his kids. Brandon was engaged to be married to their mother, his high school girlfriend, Kendra Blair.
“There was nothing he would not do for his kids, said Theresa Baxter, Brandon’s half-sister. “He loved his kids dearly.”
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