Woman had mother and daughter killed in fatal wreck

Seymour woman loses mother and daughter in deadly wreck; talks about Chapman Hwy dangers

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Caitlin Coates, 16, and Robin Miller, 56, were killed. Caitlin Coates, 16, and Robin Miller, 56, were killed.
The accident happened at the intersection of Chapman Highway and Tittsworth Springs Road around 7:40 am. The accident happened at the intersection of Chapman Highway and Tittsworth Springs Road around 7:40 am.
"I'm not sure it's processed yet," said Crystal Coates about finding out her mother and daughter were both killed in the wreck. "I'm not sure it's processed yet," said Crystal Coates about finding out her mother and daughter were both killed in the wreck.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

SEYMOUR (WATE) – A woman who lost her mother and daughter in the same crash on Thursday morning says something must be done to make Chapman Highway safer.

The accident happened at the intersection of Chapman Highway and Tittsworth Springs Road around 7:40 am.

Authorities said a 2004 GMC driven by Joey R. Mannon III, 39, ran a red light, striking Coates' vehicle in the driver door area.

Caitlin Coates, 16, and Robin Miller, 56, were killed.

"I'm not sure it's processed yet," said Crystal Coates about finding out her mother and daughter were both killed in the wreck.

"I just went crazy and they took my keys at work and wouldn't let me drive. My co-worker took me to the hospital," she added about getting the news.

Caitlin was a junior at Seymour High School. She was a bright student who wanted to become a lawyer.

"It's unreal. She had so much drive for everything. She was ready to hit life and hit it hard," Crystal said about her daughter.

Miller, the girl's grandmother, lived next door to the family.

"Mom stepped in any time I needed her. She was always there for Caitlin," she said.

Caitlin had her learners permit. She was behind the wheel and her grandmother was in the passenger's seat.

Crystal always worried about her daughter driving on dangerous Chapman Highway. She told her daughter take the route with a red light because she felt it was safer.

"It didn't end up being safer for her," Crystal said.

She wants what happened to them to be a reminder of the dangers of Chapman Highway and the importance of slowing down and taking your time at a red light.

"I mean, that's somebody's life. Just stop for the red lights. It's just a red light. It's not the end of the world. It was the end of my child's world though," she said.

Crystal says because of what happened to her mom and daughter, as well as the number of fatal wrecks on Chapman Highway, she'd like to become a part of an initiative to make that road safer.

Services for both Miller and Coates will be held Saturday at Atchley Funeral Home in Seymour. Instead of flowers, the public is asked to donate towards the funeral.

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