Friends and neighbors of the Franklin mother killed in a tragic crash last month in Arkansas are organizing a fundraiser to benefit her surviving family members.
Katy Nevil, 38, was killed and her 12-year-old daughter Lauren seriously injured during a trip to visit family members in Texas for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Nevil's husband Steven and the couple's nine-year-old son, Will, were not seriously injured.
Angie DeLapp, like so many others in the Sullivan Farms neighborhood where the Nevils live, is still trying to come to terms with what happened.
"It could happen to any family here and I think we all know that," DeLapp said.
Dana Sullivan added, "The adjustment of not having her there everyday… its numbness that is starting to wear away to reality."
Erin Moormon said when Katy Nevil and her family moved to Franklin they quickly became friends.
"Our daughters became instant best friends," Moormon told Nashville's News 2. "They have been attached at the hip ever since, thus Katy and I have been, too."
Friends say Katy had an adventurous spirit, loved to exercise and even encouraged a group to run the Country Music Half Marathon earlier this year.
"There's no question in my mind that I will do it again this year just because, I may not have her with me physically, but I'll have an angel pushing me to the finish line," said Sullivan of the annual marathon, adding, "Just knowing that we had that experience together, that's a bucket list thing."
Lauren Nevil remains in a Louisiana hospital with a traumatic brain injury following the November 16 crash near Hope, Arkansas.
"She's going to make it, but it's going to be a long road," DeLapp said of Lauren.
According to police, the family swerved to avoid an erratic driver, causing their SUV to veer off the road and hit a line of trees. Katy was killed instantly.
The focus is now on how to help the Nevil family and on December 15, the friends are hosting a 5K and one mile walk.
"It does help people come together and take action and let them know and their families know that they were cared about and that people will help them," DeLapp said.
So far, they've already gathered $5,000 in donations.
"People who don't know her or the Nevil family have come out of the woodwork and have been willing to give money," Moormon said. "We have just been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the community, from kids to adults to Sullivan Farms."
Sullivan added, "In the midst of all this sadness, this gives me happiness knowing that we can do this walk for her and raise money."
The event starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 15 at the Sullivan Farms pool on Donelson Creek Parkway in Franklin.
There is no formal registration. One hundred percent the money raised will go to help the Nevil family pay for medical expenses.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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