The relatives of a Catoosa girl who died in a bike crash on I-44 say they are trying to assist her fiancé and 3 young children through the trauma.
Shelbi Knapp’s fiancé and 10-yr-old son had been also in the crash Sunday evening. They survived but are now recovering from the bodily and emotional accidents.
Family members users say Shelbi beloved daily life and her a few young ones 10-12 months-previous Wiatt, 3-12 months-old Spencier, and 6-month-aged Riley May.
“Her youngsters were being her lifestyle. That is what she lived, working day in and day out, for her young children,” mentioned Shelbi’s mother Cindy Thompson. “She was tender-hearted. Shelbi was the serene to the storm, always. Shelbi was a caregiver.”
Sadly, Shelbi’s everyday living arrived to a halt on Sunday. The yellow motorbike that Shelbi had not long ago acquired crashed and was hit by an additional vehicle. Her fiancé, Merle Joshlin, who was driving a further motorbike with Shelbi’s son Wiatt on the back, also crashed.
“He moved Wiatt to the facet of the highway. When he went back again to look for Shelbi, she was pinned underneath the car or truck,” stated Thompson.
Shelbi died at the scene. Joshlin and Wiatt ended up taken to the medical center and treated for their injuries.
Wiatt was carrying a helmet at the time of the crash. Thompson suggests that saved his lifestyle. However, she’s also nervous about the trauma from the crash.
“His minimal physique did experience a ton of trauma, but he’s striving to be genuinely potent. He’s just really younger and he knows his mother is gone,” reported Thompson.
Joshlin is now hunting following the young children, and a Go-Fund-Me has been established to support with expenditures. The funds will assistance the loved ones pay for Shelbi’s funeral and counseling for the relatives.
“Spencier is only three. The only detail she knows is that her mom isn’t house, but finally they will have to describe it to her. And a 6-thirty day period-old who will feel the absence of her mother, but will never know her mom. [Joshlin] has a substantial obligation ahead of him. He’s a superb father, he just requires the support,” mentioned Thompson.