Former Lawmaker Dies Months After Head Injury
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Former state Rep. Dewayne Bunch has died more than a year after suffering a head injury while trying to break up a fight among students at Whitley County High School where he was a math teacher. He was 50.
House Republican spokesman Mike Goins confirmed Bunch's death in a statement Wednesday afternoon. WLEX-TV in Lexington first reported his death.
Bunch was injured when he intervened in the fight in April 2011. He was struck by a stray punch and hit his head on the floor of the school cafeteria.
He resigned from the legislature last year, and voters in the 82nd District chose his wife, Regina Bunch, as his replacement.
The teenagers involved in the fight, initially charged with assault, could potentially face stiffer charges in the case.
News of his death brought sad reactions from across Kentucky and beyond.
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell offered condolences from Washington.
"As a teacher and state representative, DeWayne served the people of the commonwealth, especially those in Whitley and Laurel counties, with distinction," McConnell said. "He also proudly served our country in Iraq as a member of the Kentucky National Guard."