Hawkins County

Family and friends remember ambulance crash victim

HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. - The Church Hill community is mourning the loss of 18-year-old Samantha Hathaway after a tragic accident over the weekend.

Nine others were injured, including three children, after the weekend crash that involved an ambulance in Hawkins County, Tennessee. Click here to read more about the accident.

On Monday, family and friends gathered to comfort one another and share memories of a loved one lost. Bubbly, energetic and loving: those are just a few of the words family and friends use to describe Samantha Hathaway.

"She was an extremely lovable person. She loved talking to anybody and she wouldn't hold anything back," said friend Cody Tipton.

They called her 'Sami' and say she was always a joy to be around. "[She was] the most bubbly person you'd ever meet. She'd just pull the heart strings of anyone," adds friend Dillon Cradic.

A gathering at Samantha's uncle's home on Monday allowed loved ones to share their fondest memories of the college student.

We're told Samantha was getting ready for her second year at Northeast State Community College. Her mom says she was studying Psychology.

Samantha Hathaway leaves behind her fiancé Devin, a mother, a father, a stepmother and a six-year-old brother, Joshua.

Calling hours for Samantha Hathaway will be Wednesday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at Carter-Trent Funeral Home in Church Hill. 

A funeral will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A graveside service will be Thursday morning at Church Hill Memorial Gardens.

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