‘Just heartbreaking’: Hendersonville mother remembered after dying in 3-vehicle crash

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A kindergarten in Hendersonville is mourning the loss of one of them after a three-vehicle crash that claimed the life of 23-year-old Danielle LaPointe.

LaPointe worked at Kiddie Academy in Hendersonville for almost 2 months. The news came as a shock on Thursday morning.

“So I sent Danielle a text message after I called her, and asked her if she was okay if she was late and if she could text. back to me so I know she’s fine,” recalls Kiernan Smith, CEO.

Smith explained after a member of LaPointe’s family contacted her, asking if LaPointe had arrived at work. Sadly, Smith will never receive a response to her text messages.

“There’s no real words to say about it, but it’s really heartbreaking,” Smith said. “No mother should be without their child, no child should be without their mother.”

Thursday morning, the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) responded to a three-vehicle collision on Highway 31. THP said a 62-year-old woman was driving east when she lost control and Cross the yellow double line. At the same time, officials said a 31-year-old man was heading west and veered into the right lane to avoid hitting the Mustang. The Mustang then swerved to the side of a Ford truck and crashed head-on into a Hyundai Accent SUV.

Inside the Hyundai was LaPointe, 23, who died. At the time of the crash, her two children were tied in the backseat.

The young and loving mother is now gone too soon.

“She is very natural and bright. I immediately took that from her,” Smith describes. “She was so beaming, she would sing songs in the classroom, you could hear her singing classroom songs from my office really and it was beautiful.”

Inside Kiddie Academy, LaPointe’s coat is still hanging in the closet, inside her classroom.

“I think they know she’s not there because they’re used to that consistency, they’re used to seeing her in the classroom,” Smith said.

The Academy decided to create a GoFundMe page in LaPointe’s honor, to help her family with funeral costs, and to set up a memorial in her honor.

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“Seeing people commenting and all the phone calls we get, Facebook and social media, people have been great at helping out and want to do more,” Smith said.

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