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Woman dies Tuesday in fatal crash

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By The Staff

A Campbellsville woman is dead following a single-car crash Tuesday morning on Palestine Road.

Jana' D. Bellinger, 56, of Maupin Road was traveling east on Palestine Road at 10:04 a.m. on her way to a haircut appointment. According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Department report, Bellinger lost control of her 1992 Oldsmobile, drove partially off the right side of the road and then skidded back across both lanes of Palestine Road. Her car continued to skid off the left side of road before striking a tree in a nearby yard.

Bellinger was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue. She was pronounced dead at 10:47 a.m. by an emergency room surgeon. According to Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney, Bellinger died from multiple head and chest trauma.

Taylor County Deputy Aaron L. Walters, who investigated the crash, could not say if the weather had played a part in the crash. It had been raining at the time.

Bellinger is survived by her husband, Danny; two sons, Jerry Maupin of Campbellsville and Joe Bellinger of Evansville, Ind.; a stepdaughter, Jan Brockman of Bowling Green; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and three brothers, Charles Nolley and Jimmy Nolley, both of Campbellsville, and Elbert Nolley of Louisville.

China Nolley and Lisa Brewer, two of Bellinger's nieces, said their aunt was a very caring person.

"It's just so hard to believe," Nolley said. "We're all just in shock."

After living in Florida for many years, her nieces said, Bellinger and her husband had only returned to Campbellsville a few years ago. But even when she lived so far away, Nolley said, the family stayed in touch often. A grandson, Blake, often flew to Florida for visits on summer break.

Brewer said she and her aunt talked on the phone all the time, and Nolley said never more than two to three days elapsed between e-mails.

"She was always in such a good mood," Nolley said. "She was a big cut-up, always telling jokes, and she loved to aggravate us.

"That's how you knew she liked you ... if she aggravated you."

And Bellinger was definitely an animal lover.

"She'd pick up every stray dog that came around," Nolley said.

Bellinger also loved crafts, according to her nieces, and was always making gifts.

"One year for our birthdays, she wrote each one of us a poem and framed it," Nolley said. "Each poem was about us, our children, what we liked to do."

Visitation is at noon tomorrow at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville with the funeral following at 3 p.m. The Rev. Larry Rhodes will officiate.

Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery.