Mother, daughter killed in Saturday accident

Published 4:51 pm Monday, June 1, 2009

An Alabaster mother and daughter were killed Saturday afternoon following a wreck near the Warrior exit on Interstate 65 North.

Millie Dunn, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene, while her daughter, Katie, was airlifted by Life Saver helicopter. Katie, 11, later died from her injuries.

Crews worked more than four hours to clear the scene Saturday. The accident was the second fatal wreck in the last eight days along the 5-mile stretch on I-65 N. near Warrior. An early morning accident May 22 claimed the lives of two individuals.

Millie’s husband James, 13-year-old son Brett and 4-year-old daughter Paige were also taken to a local hospital following the accident, but the three have since been released.

Millie was passionately active in the Thompson Middle School PTO, as was Katie in many TMS extracurricular activities, according to friends and faculty.

In fact, Katie had just been selected as a cheerleader for her upcoming seventh-grade year.

“She was very much liked by her peers at the school,” said Jennifer Carlson, who taught Katie’s sister Paige in K-3 at First Baptist Church of Alabaster.

The Dunn family are members of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Alabaster, and Rev. Lee Lowery said the church is pulling together for the family.

“The church is doing everything we can to support the family,” Lowery said.

Melissa Youngblood, TMS principal, said counselors would be available this week for any student who wished to come by to speak with them.

“Our school community is devastated by this,” Youngblood said.

Youngblood said Millie was the type of parent who would do anything when asked, and Katie was a straight-A student who didn’t make anything lower than a 96 this year.

“(Katie) always had a smile on her face. She found the best in everybody,” Youngblood said. “If she ever had a bad day, none of us knew it. That’s the type of kid she was. We’re truly going to miss them.”

Funeral arrangements have not been set.