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Remembering Katie: Family honors victim in fatal Springfield road crash

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On Tuesday, 20 year-old Kaitlyn Guard Crowe was killed in a crash on Springfield road in Groveland Township. The family said there's a hole in their family now that can never be filled.

Kaitlyn Guard Crowe, or Katie as her family called her, is described as a free spirit with a love for animals, always ready to give a hug with a smile.

"The girl with the biggest heart ever, her heart was bigger than anything I've ever seen, just the best human." said Cassie Weiss, Katie's Aunt

Her family said she was going to school to be a nurse and was on her way to take her last final of the semester when another driver crossed the center line.

Adding to the tragedy, Katie's Mother was caught in the very traffic caused by that crash.

"I sent her a message and said there had been a horrible accident on Springfield Road, and if she could just call and let me know she was okay. And I'm still waiting for that call. I'll never get it," said Debra Crowe, "I knew when the knock came at the door, I knew what it was."

Tazewell County Sheriff Jeff Lower said the driver of the other car, Jesse St. Clair, was wanted by police for driving on a suspended license.

"She didn't have the chance to fall in love, or get married, and have kids, and have her first alcoholic drink. He took somebody because he made a decision to get behind the wheel that he should never have been behind. " said Weiss

"My only grace in this is I have found out that she went instantly and she didn't suffer." said Crowe

Even in her final moments she gave to other by being an organ donor, the family said this is a testament to who she was.

"She pursued her dreams, she stayed true to herself, I'm so proud." said Weiss

Now they have only their memories, ones they know will never fade.

Her visitation and celebration of life are Saturday, 12/14. In lieu of flowers the family said you can donate in her name to TAPS in honor of her love of animals and Keegan's Krew, an anti bulling initiative.

Kaitlin Pearson

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