A family in Anderson County is dealing with the loss of a 16-year-old daughter, sister and mom.
Madison Hayes died in a car crash on Thanksgiving day. The car she was driving rammed into a tree.
Reporter Elizabeth Kuebel sat down with Madison’s mom and younger sister. They’re still reeling from the loss.
As Jamie Hayes flips through pictures, she’s reflecting on the happy moments with her daughter, Madison.
The 16-year-old was a big sister and a mother. Family members describe her as sensitive, nurturing, adventurous and caring.
“She took her Christmas money and gave it to a little girl, a little girl’s mom so she could get her some clothes and things,” said Jamie Hayes, Madison’s mom. “She has a way of making you feel like you’re great. To be proud of who you are and yourself and what you believe in and what you stand for.”
“She was just a protective sister,” said Andrea Hayes.
Her family made it clear, the teen’s biggest love and her most precious gift was her young son, Joseph.
“She wanted to be able to be a single mother and go to school and show girls that you can do it,” Jamie said.
Madison died on Thanksgiving day. The car she was driving rammed into a tree.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says Madison was wearing her seatbelt but had the shoulder strap tucked behind her back.
“I wish I could take it away, I wish I could take her place,” Jamie said. “She shouldn’t have been driving without a license, without a permit, without a seatbelt, without anything. She shouldn’t have been. I know kids want to drive but you do it in the safety with your parents the right way.”
And if there was one last thing the mother could say to her daughter, Jamie said, “That I love her with every fiber of my being. And the moment that I had her is when I knew what true love really was.”
Madison’s visitation and funeral are Monday. Her burial will be Tuesday.