Community Mourns Powell Woman's Death After Crash

By: Allison Hunt
By: Allison Hunt

Knoxville (WVLT) - Family, friends and fellow classmates are remembering a Powell High School graduate.

Eighteen-year-old Amanda Cabage died Tuesday afternoon in a car accident off Emory Road in Powell.

Everyone we spoke with today had wonderful things to say about the avid cheerleader and community member.

Knox county sheriff's deputies say she was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from her 2000 b-m-w, they do not believe speed was a factor.

Amanda's family and friends are shocked and saddened by her death, but say they will never forget her.

It was this curve of Emory Road where 18-year-old Amanda Cabage tragically lost her life Tuesday afternoon.

Her friends say she was on her way home from class at Pellissippi State Community College when her car went off the road, hit a tree and landed in a creek.

"It's just really hard cause I just kept trying to sleep last night and everytime I'd fall asleep I'd just dream about us being together and hanging out and then I'd wake up and realize she wasn't here," Alex Kite says she's been best friends with Amanda since they were 5 years old...the two girls played softball together. "She doesn't want anybody to be sad over her cause she's happy and she was always making everybody laugh."

Several friends and family members made this collage with pictures and messages for Amanda.

They plan to hang it at her funeral.

"I'll always remember her just, she won't ever, ya know she was my best friend and I won't ever forget her," says Lily Mason.

Cabage is the 14-th student from Powell High School to die in a car accident since 1999.

Firefighter Jeff Clark has worked past accidents and says small roads, sharp curves and powerful vehicles make driving difficult for teens. "A lot of them don't understand the accident itself, what forces are involved and the potential for things to happen when your car is rolling or when it's hit and bouncing off other objects."

Two months ago, Alex, Lily and Amanda went together to get 'friendship tattoos', something they say will forever keep them connected to Amanda.

"She'll always love us and she'll always be a part of us," Lily says.

Receiving of friends is Saturday from 6 to 9 at Berry Funeral Home on Chapman Highway.

Funeral services are Sunday at three at the First Baptist Church of Powell.

Graveside services are 10:30 Monday at Veteran's Cemetery, where her grandfather is buried.

Amanda's friends say she was studying at Pellissippi State to be a pediatric therapist.


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