Family of mother, son killed on I-65 donates toy boxes in their honor

Boxes made in memory of Kristi Clark and Carter Oakley, (Courtesy: Franklin Police Department)

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — The family of a mother and son killed on Interstate 65 in 2015 has built and donated toy boxes in their honor. Now Franklin police are hosting a toy drive to fill them.

Kristi Clark and her son Carter Oakley were hit and killed by a semi on Feb. 16, 2015 while trying to help stranded motorists who crashed their car.

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

At the time, the roadways were covered in ice following dangerous ice storms across Middle Tennessee. Dash cam video shows the moments the first officer arrived on the scene.

Carter, who was 10 years old, died at the scene. Clark, 34, died later at the Williamson County Medical Center.

Kristi’s parents, Brad and Bonnie Lewis, stay very much in touch with members of the Franklin Police Department.

Brad Lewis is a skilled craftsman and has built 10-wooden toy boxes in Kristi and Carter’s honor.

He and his wife have donated them to the department and officers want to fill them with toys for needy Franklin families.

“Kristi and Carter’s lives were cut short while they were helping others,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We are now honored to help others in their memory.”

Anyone can bring a new, unwrapped toy for children up to 12 and leave it in the toy box in the Franklin police headquarters lobby. New toy donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monetary donations are unable to be accepted.