Family asks for prayers after 9-year-old killed in crash, daughter hospitalized

Kirstynn Edmiston (Courtesy: Sarah Kuck)

CULLEOKA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Culleoka family is asking for prayers after their 9-year-old daughter was killed in a car crash and their other young daughter remains hospitalized.

Kirstynn Edmiston was killed after authorities say a Ford F-350 rear-ended a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix on New Lewisburg Highway as it was turning onto Seavy Hight Road, just off Interstate 65, Monday morning.

Kirstynn’s 6-year-old sister Joanna and her 12-year-old cousin Devyn McCandles were also injured in the accident.

Courtesy: Sarah Kuck
Joanna Edmiston (Courtesy: Sarah Kuck)

They were both airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

On Tuesday morning, Joanna was listed in critical condition.

The family’s youth pastor, Joel Love of Scribner’s Mill Church of Christ, released a statement on their behalf that said, “What is needed most at this time is thoughts and prayers for her as she recovers from her injuries. They also ask for prayers of comfort and peace over the loss of their other daughter. The family requests no visitors other than family at this time. We appreciate the outpouring of love from so many.”

Outside of Culleoka Unit School, where Kirstynn was a fourth grade student, a marquee read, “Prayers for our families.”

During Tuesday night’s basketball game, a moment of silence will be held for the families involved in the accident.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

Authorities said the accident occurred after the 21-year-old truck driver, Riley Ring, did not see the car turning. Authorities said he never hit his brakes.

Investigators are working to determine if distracted driving or cell phone use was a factor in the crash.

As of Tuesday morning no charges were filed. News 2 reached out to Ring and is still waiting to hear back.

He and the car’s driver, Sarah Kuck, were also both transported to a local hospital after the crash.

Kuck remains hospitalized at Vanderbilt. McCandles is also continuing to recover.

An account has been set up for the family under “Haven Edmiston” at Regions Bank.

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