Friends are rallying around a former Arlington family involved in a fatal accident while coming home for the holidays from Tennessee.
The Nevil family was traveling during the week of Thanksgiving when they were in a terrible crash near Hope, Ark. Their SUV was stuck by a pickup truck, forcing them off the road and into several trees.
Katy Nevil was killed. Her husband Steve Nevil and 9-year-old son were not seriously injured, but her 12-year-old daughter was. Lauren Nevil has been in the intensive care unit for 24 days.
The owners of a CiCi's Pizza in Arlington who are friends of the family are donating part of Wednesday's sales to help with Lauren's medical expenses.
"They're gonna have not only a loss in the family just because of missing Katy, but also the finances are so hard and they need a family to come around them. And that's more than just your family members, it's your community," said Carla Lindberg, a family friend.
Katy's brother Jimmy Brimson said Lauren is improving and is expected to be moved out of the ICU this week. Her father and other family members have stayed by her side.
"She looked at Lauren and said, 'If you love Uncle Jimmy blink your eyes.' She [blinked] emphatically. A miracle… she's a fighter," he said.
However, Brimson said Katy will be greatly missed.
"She was an incredible mom and so caring in the relationship she had with her kids," he said.
The benefit goes on for the rest of the evening at the CiCi's Pizza on South Cooper in Arlington.
Another benefit walk for Lauren is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Duff Elementary School in Arlington.
The driver who caused the accident was not arrested. However, police in Arkansas are still investigating because a witness told them she saw the man driving erratically right before the crash.
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