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Benefit Ride To Help Survivor of Motorcycle Accident

By Emily Luxen. CREATED Aug 8, 2014

GALLATIN, Tenn. – A Sumner County woman injured in a motorcycle crash is asking for help as she begins her long road to recovery.

Abby McCormick survived an accident over the 4th of July weekend that killed her fiancé, and put another man in the hospital. A month later, she is still recovering from a two week hospital stay, multiple surgeries and the reality of having her leg amputated.

“I’ve just been trying to keep it together,” said McCormick. “I know what I have to do. I have to keep moving forward.”

McCormick’s life turned upside down July 5, while heading home on Interstate 65 on a motorcycle with her fiancé, Eric Knight. Officers said a truck driver, Gregory Crabtree, stopped to pick up his blown out tire in the middle of the highway.

McCormick and Knight swerved and crashed. Knight was killed instantly. McCormick and Crabtree were rushed to the hospital.

“I don’t remember much of anything,” said McCormick. “It was pretty rough.”

McCormick is now adjusting to life without her leg and the man she loved.

“I know I’ve lost a lot, but I’ve got to turn the memories of him into something good,” said McCormick. “I don’t want a pity party.”

McCormick said she is determined to get out of her cast, get a prosthetic leg and walk again. However, she currently has no medical insurance, and her medical bills are piling up. Family and friends are stepping in and organizing a benefit ride to help her.

“It’s pretty awesome to have that big of a group of people who want to rally for you and help you out,” said McCormick.

The benefit motorcycle ride will be September 6, and start at Walmart in LaFayette, TN. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the ride begins at 11 a.m. All bikes and cars are welcome.

Friends have set up a fund to help McCormick pay for her medical bills. 

Emily Luxen

Emily Luxen

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Emily Luxen is thrilled to be a part of the NewsChannel 5 team, and joined the staff in February of 2012. She will be reporting on all the latest breaking news for NewsChannel 5 at 10 p.m.