Maryville crash victim's family speaks one year later

Maryville crash victim's family speaks one year later

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71-year-old Dean Key was killed along Highway 321 in Maryville. 6 News spoke with Key's family who hope what's being done in her memory will save the lives of others. 71-year-old Dean Key was killed along Highway 321 in Maryville. 6 News spoke with Key's family who hope what's being done in her memory will save the lives of others.
"She was most at home if she had dirt on her hands and her face and a shovel in her hand," said Connie Loy, her youngest sister. "She was most at home if she had dirt on her hands and her face and a shovel in her hand," said Connie Loy, her youngest sister.
On July 13th, 2013, the Key family's lives changed. On July 13th, 2013, the Key family's lives changed.
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter


MARYVILLE (WATE) - A DUI checkpoint is coming up this Saturday in the Blount County area. It's in memory of a woman who was killed by an impaired driver this time last year. 

71-year-old Dean Key was killed along Highway 321 in Maryville. 6 News spoke with Key's family who hope what's being done in her memory will save the lives of others.

"She was most at home if she had dirt on her hands and her face and a shovel in her hand," said Connie Loy, her youngest sister.

Most will remember Key being in her garden. 

"I always just called her the rock of the family, you know, she could be the one to get us all in line, but she was the first one to wrap her arms around us when anything was going on," said Loy.

On July 13th, 2013, the Key family's lives changed. Key was on her way to Maryville from Townsend to purchase a few things for her garden when 39-year-old Gregory Lawson crossed over the center line on Highway 321 near Harmon Road and hit her car, according to THP. 


Previous story: 1 killed, 3 injured in Maryville crash

Key did not make it out of the crash. Authorities say the driver who hit her was under the influence. Now the family is hoping others won't have to go through this.

"It's not like it used to be. You used to feel safe on the roads during the day. That shouldn't be true. We should all be very careful now because you never know," said Loy.

One thing that does remind family members of Key is the garden she left behind. 

On Saturday, the Key's will talk about how devastating this has been for their family. The sobriety checkpoint begins right after that.


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