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Crash victim was advocate for autism awareness

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Cynthia Joyner, 31, was killed in a crash over the weekend on I-24 in Smyrna. Cynthia Joyner, 31, was killed in a crash over the weekend on I-24 in Smyrna.
SMYRNA, Tenn. -

A Chattanooga woman killed in a crash over the weekend on Interstate 24 in Smyrna was a local advocate for autism awareness.

According to Dave Buck, director at the Chattanooga Autism Center, Cynthia Joyner became passionate about the disease after her son's diagnosis.

She organized the yearly event, Pints for Autism, to raise funds for the cause. 

Sunday would've been her third event at Honest Pint.  The event still took place in her honor.

Buck said, "Everyone is hugging, crying but also wanting to make this event as big as it has been in the past and the family was big on this event still taking place and being successful so we're honoring their wishes and honoring Cynthia."

Joyner was killed early Saturday morning when the vehicle she was traveling in was hit head-on by a wrong way driver.

Three others were injured in the crash on I-24 near Sam Ridley Parkway.

Police are still searching for the driver responsible for the wreck.  Ruben Prado-Pena, 35, fled the scene on foot and has continued to elude authorities.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call the Tennessee Highway Patrol at 615-741-2060.

Funeral services for Joyner are pending.

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