Family of woman killed in crash speaks

May 20, 2010 9:05:26 PM PDT
A woman was killed Wednesday morning when she lost control of her car, but her infant daughter survived.The woman, 28-year-old Ann Marie Thrash, died at the scene, while her daugher was taken to Duke Hospital.

Thrash's father says his daughter was driving a Crown Victoria and apparently lost control of the car and ended up crashing on Guess Road just north of New Sharon Church Road in the Caldwell community.

A truck slammed into the driver's side of her car, trapping Ann Marie Thrash inside. Her father, James Thrash, says she was on her way to his house to drop off her daughter for the day.

James Thrash says the last year of his daughter's life was full of joy. She had just bought her first house and had given birth to her little girl.

For James Thrash, holding his 11-month-old granddaughter, Ahminah Marie, is a gift in the middle of tragedy.

"It's a miracle she survived that," James Thrash said. "My daughter always put her on the back seat on the passenger's side."

Thrash says it's difficult for him to talk about his daughter. The pain is overwhelming, but he says Ann Marie always made sure her daughter rode in her car seat.

"That car seat, if it hadn't been buckled in properly, she might not have survived," James Thrash said. "The baby is alive because of what she did. She only had little bruises or little nicks on her legs where some glass hit her. Two or three little nicks on her head and little glasses in the hair."

It isn't the first time Thrash has lost a daughter, five years ago he lost his oldest to cancer. Now, he's lost his youngest.

"Losing another one this way, it seems like its worse," Thrash said. "You never get over it. You got to trust in the Lord and just learn to live with it."

He says she is seeking comfort in the eyes of his granddaughter, who is a living reminder of a loving daughter whose life was cut short.

"She'll sure remind us, very day of who she was," Thrash said.

Ann Marie Thrash's visitation will be on Friday and her funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

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