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Prayer Vigil Held For Teens Struck By Drunk Driver

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by Emily Luxen

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Friends and teammates rally around two Montgomery County cheerleaders seriously injured in a car accident involving a drunk driver.

A prayer service in honor of Kylie Eastin and Ashley Travis was held at the Gray's Chapel Church of the Nazarene in Cunningham, and friends, teammates and neighbors united to show their support.

"We love them, and they have our support," said friend and fellow cheerleader, Channell Davis. "If they need anything, we're here for them.

Thursday morning, Eastin, 17, was driving Travis, 15, down Highway 48 on the way to Montgomery Central High School.  Near Ball Road, authorities said a pickup truck driven by Roni Proctor, 26, came across the center line and hit them head on.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported Proctor was cited for DUI, vehicular assault and failure to stay in her lane.  News of the accident shocked the small community.

"I was heartbroken," said Davis.  "I just can't believe this happened to them."

Students took a break from finals Friday to pray, and said they are all hopeful both girls will recover from their injuries.

"It's actually made us all come together," said Sarah Hedstrom, a friend and fellow cheerleader. "We want the best for them."

Eastin was in stable condition Friday, while Travis was in critical condition, according to Vanderbilt officials.

The accident happened just before Eastin, who is a senior, was scheduled to graduate on May 23rd.  She has a cheerleading scholarship to Western Kentucky University.

Friends describe both girls as friendly, bubbly and strong. 

"They are fighters," said Davis.  "We hope they get better soon."


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