Mother, son helping stranded motorists hit, killed by semi on I-65

Kristi Clark and Carter Oakley
Kristi Clark and Carter Oakley (Courtesy:

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 34-year-old woman and her 10-year-old son were killed on Interstate 65 in Williamson County Monday night after being hit by a semi while trying to help stranded motorists who had crashed their car.

According to Franklin police, an SUV hit a patch of black ice and overturned approximately one mile south of Murfreesboro Road just after 9:15 p.m.

Kristi Clark and her son Carter Oakley witnessed the wreck and stopped to help the motorists, police said.

The mother and son were standing outside of their vehicle when they were hit by a semi. Oakley died at the scene. Clark passed away a short time later at Williamson Medical Center.

News 2 has since learned the pair were near their home and had gone sledding earlier in the day.

“Kristi and her son, Carter, are heroes,” said Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner. “These Good Samaritans put themselves in harm’s way to help a stranger. The goodness in their hearts that prompted them to do that will never be forgotten.”

Oakley was a fourth grade student at Oak View Elementary. School district spokesperson Carol Birdsong said extra counselors will be available to students when they next return to school.

President of the Franklin Cowboys Youth League, Dale Nichols said Oakley, who played football and baseball, was an “exceptional kid who stood out.”

“He worked hard for everything he did,” Nichols said. “He was just a great kid.”

Nichols added that Clark, who was married with a 3-year-old daughter, was a “devoted and supportive mom” who never missed a game or practice.

News 2 spoke with Clark’s husband on Wednesday on his final moments with his family. Click here to read the story.

Two of the five passengers in the SUV were critically injured and remain in serious condition. The other three passengers were not hurt.

All southbound traffic was diverted and forced to exit the interstate. The scene was cleared just before 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Tennessee declared a State of Emergency Monday night due to the deteriorating road conditions. Interstate conditions have improved but are expected to worsen overnight Tuesday with up to two inches of additional snow in the forecast.

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Mother, son hit by semi on I-65 (Feb. 16, 2015)

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