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Franklin Woman Killed, Daughter Hurt In Arkansas Wreck

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by Chris Cannon

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - A Franklin woman was killed Friday night, and her daughter critically injured, when their family was involved in a wreck on an Arkansas interstate.

Katy Nevil, 38, died after a truck ran her family's SUV off Interstate 30 near Hope, Arkansas forcing it into a line of trees.

Lauren Nevil, 12, was critically injured and is in a medically induced coma at a Shreveport, Louisiana hospital.

"She needs a lot of thought and prayers. And she is broken physically, and I'm sure emotionally and she has a long way to go," said neighbor Cheryl Burnside.

Steve Nevil was driving his family to Arlington, Texas to celebrate Thanksgiving. He and his 9-year-old son Will were not seriously injured in the wreck.

"To get the news that she has passed so quickly, so suddenly, so tragically. It just absolutely just sends someone into shock, like this who community has been," said neighbor Dana Sullivan.

The Nevils live in the tight-knit Sullivan Farms subdivision in Franklin. They moved from Texas to Tennessee a year and a half ago. The family quickly became close friends with their neighbors.

"My husband and I would sit back all the time and say how does she do it, how do they do it. They Nevils, they were part of everything and everybody," said neighbor Keely Boozer.

Monday night children from the neighborhood made cards for the Nevil family. They will send the cards to Lauren's hospital room in Shreveport.

"We want her to be able to wake up and just see glitter and sparkle from wall to wall," said neighbor Karla O'Grady.

Doctors are waiting for the swelling on Lauren's brain to go down before they perform surgery. She could be in the hospital for up to six weeks.

The crash happened around 9 p.m. Friday night near Hope, Arkansas. Katy Nevil was pronounced dead at the scene. Helicopters rushed the surviving family members to hospitals in Arkansas and Louisiana.

Funeral services for Mrs. Nevil are expected to be held early next week in Arlington.

A fund for the family has been set up at a Texas bank. Donations for the Nevil Family can be made to Southwest Bank c/o Nevil Family Fund, 3641 Matlock Road, Arlington, TX 76015. Please make checks payable to: Steven Nevil.


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