The 72-year-old Kentucky grandmother who was killed by a falling Denny’s sign had just picked up her dying husband from the hospital when tragedy struck.
Lillian Mae Curtis, her husband Lloyd Eugene Curtis Sr., 77, and their daughter Mary Graham, 58, were believed to be stopping for a meal on Thursday afternoon when the £2,600 sign rose amid 50-mile gusts in Elizabethtown her car fell.
The family had just picked Lloyd up from UofL Hospital where he was recovering from heart surgery. The grandfather was in the hospice and the doctors gave him only three months to live, reports KVUE.
Lillian and Lloyd’s grandchildren said they were stunned by the tragedy, which deprived their grandparents of what little time they had together.
“It’s definitely not something to really care about,” Mary Howard, Graham’s daughter, told the outlet. “I don’t know if the shock has worn off – or the fact that we’re going home and life will go on without her.”
Lillian Mae Curtis (left) was with her husband Lloyd Eugene Curtis Sr. (right) and daughter Mary Graham when a Denny’s sign fell on them, killing the grandmother.
The sign fell Thursday in high winds in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and rescue workers rushed to the scene to pull the victims out
Lillian, 72, had just picked Lloyd up from the hospital after heart surgery. The 77-year-old was in hospice and had just three months to live
Lilian who sitting in the back seat of the car was immediately crushed by the falling sign. The grandmother was trapped in the vehicle and had to be freed from the vehicle by rescue workers.
Her granddaughter, Amy Nichols, told WDRB News her head wound was “catastrophic” and “inoperable.”
Howard told KVUE that her grandmother’s death was “absolutely instantaneous and there was no way her body could have felt any pain.”
lloyd had been hospitalized with fluid in her lungs and was waiting to be taken back to the Jewish Hospital.
Graham, who was driving, suffered five broken ribs and a concussion but has since been discharged from hospital.
The family is now rushed Lloyd’s Page, as they fear he and Graham are traumatized by Lillian’s death. She and Lloyd have been married for more than 50 years and have more than a dozen great-grandchildren.
Family members found solace in the fact that Lilian’s death was instantaneous
Relatives fear Lilian’s husband and daughter will be traumatized upon witnessing her death
Horrifying images show the wrecked car following the freak accident, which Elizabethtown Police are investigating.
Elizabethtown Police spokesman Chris Denham said he was shocked by the accident.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Denham said.
“It’s certainly very windy out here and I’m sure that had a factor and played a part in that.”
Crews who removed the sign from the scene said it weighed about 2,600 pounds, about the weight of a small car.
At the time of the accident, gusts of wind of up to 80 km/h were blowing in the vicinity.
Dramatic video captured the moment the £2,600 sign was knocked over by the wind. It fell, crushing the car Mrs. Curtis was in
The family was believed to have stopped for a meal when tragedy struck
Ms Curtis’ granddaughter, Amy Nichols, paid tribute online and said she didn’t know how her family would get on without her.
“This woman, my beautiful nanny Lillian Mae Curtis, was the matriarch of our family, she was the strongest woman I have ever seen in my life.
“I don’t know how I or my family can even begin to live in a cold world without her in it.
“She was my biggest supporter in life and always had me when no one else did. I’m so lost right now I can’t even function,” said Amy Nichols.
“She was my nanny, she was my second mom, she was everything to me. I would give my life to get her back.
“I love you so much Nanny. I just want to hug you one more time and smell your perfume and tell you that I love you. how can i say goodbye to you I wish I was in the back seat, not you. I just want you back.’
She started GoFundMe to raise money for her grandmother’s memorial service.
Denny’s said it was aware of the incident and was working with authorities to understand what caused the accident.
“Safety is our top priority and we are working with authorities to better understand what led to this situation. Our thoughts are with everyone involved.”
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