Posted: Nov 24, 2012 8:59 PM
Updated: Nov 24, 2012 10:05 PM
A Thanksgiving Day tragedy has forever changed how one Kentucky family will celebrate the holiday. A crash took the life of a beloved Rowan County mother this past Thursday.
The victim's brother is now speaking out about the family's loss.
Wendy Williams had just dropped off her two little kids at her parents' house on Thanksgiving morning so she could go to work that day. "She was coming back to go to work. She had made it on Christy Creek," says Ernest Wilson, Wendy's brother.
State Police say a driver in a pick-up truck drifted across the center line on Kentucky 32 in Rowan County, hitting Williams head-on. Williams later died at UK Hospital. "It's really tough when it's your family member," says Wilson. "It's been hard on my parents. You know? It's been hard on me, but it's been really hard on my parents. It's going to be hard on her fiance and her kids. And you know, it's been hard on her niece and nephew they really love her a lot."
Wilson was a mother of two, a fiance and a manager at a local Walmart. "She's goofy. That's the only way you can explain her. She loved to spend time with my mom and dad as well as her fiance Jeremy. She liked to go fishing and ride horses," remembers Wilson.
So on Thanksgiving Day, when many are sitting around a big dinner table eating turkey, Wilson's family was mourning and planning a funeral. "It really magnified it, I believe. Because that's a day you spend with your family and reminisce about good things, not a tragedy that's happened. Now it will forever change how our Thanksgiving is."
The other driver in the crash, 21-year-old Dustin Rayburn, was flown to a West Virginia hospital where he is in stable condition.