Family remembers daughter, grandson killed in 2015 tragedy; Franklin Police host Christmas toy drive in their honor

Family remembers daughter, grandson killed in 2015 tragedy; Franklin Police host Christmas toy drive in their honor

On February 16, 2015, Kristi Clark and her 10-year-old son, Carter Oakley, were hit by a semi and killed after they got out of their car to help five people in an overturned SUV on an ice-covered I-65 in Franklin. Nearly three years later, Kristi’s parents, Brad and Bonnie Lewis, stay very much in touch with members of the Franklin Police Department. This bond brought about by tragedy will bring help to needy families this Christmas, in memory of two good Samaritans who died helping others in need.

Mr. Lewis, a skilled craftsman, has built 10-wooden toy boxes in Kristi and Carter’s honor. He and his wife have donated them to the Franklin Police Department. Now, Franklin Police Officers want to fill them with toys for needy Franklin families. “Kristi and Carter’s lives were cut short while they were helping others,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We are now honored to help others in their memory.”

The Franklin Police Department needs new toy donations to fill the toy boxes made by Kristi’s dad, Carter’s grandpa. Citizens can bring a new, unwrapped toy for children up to 14-years-old and leave it in the toy box in the Franklin Police Headquarters Lobby. New toy donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Monetary donations are unable to be accepted.

Franklin Rotary at Breakfast and other caring Franklin citizens
are proud partners of the
2nd Annual FPD Kristi Clark, Carter Oakley
Christmas Toy Drive.

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