Weatherford Democrat

September 20, 2011

Severely injured wreck victim loses home to fire

Christin Coyne
Weatherford Democrat

WEATHERFORD — Millsap resident Amanda “Mandy” Kiles-Williams has been in the intensive care unit fighting for her life since a head-on collision Thursday that crushed her car and left her severely injured.

Nobody had told her as of Monday, but Kiles-Williams lost everything she owned Saturday in a fire that destroyed the home she shared with her brother and 16-year-old son.

Friends and family are asking the community to step up and help the 43-year-old woman who spends much of her time serving others in the community.

Kiles-Williams was on her way to Weatherford College where she has been studying nursing when her eastbound car crossed the center line on the Interstate 20 access road near Canyon West and collided head-on with pick-up truck.

After being extricated from the vehicle, Kiles-Williams was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where doctors were doubtful she would survive the weekend because of an internal bleed and lack of blood clotting that delayed necessary surgery, her friend, Megan Brock, said.

Family members who were staying with her at the hospital during her fight received a call shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday that her Gholson Road home was on fire, according to Brock.

Kiles-Williams and her son have lived with her brother, Ed Pimm, in a rented mobile home since Kiles-Williams’ husband died last year, her sister, Beverly Laxson said.

Her aunt said she was walking the dog Saturday afternoon when she saw smoke coming from Kiles-Williams’ house and returned to her home and told her husband to call 911.

Though several fire departments arrived, the house was quickly lost, along with everything in it.

Maybe the only bright spot was that her beloved Chihuahua, Charlie, was later found next door, according to Laxson.

Her son, Johnny, is a junior at Millsap High School and has been strong for the family, Laxson said.

Kiles-Williams was raised in Mineral Wells and Weatherford and has lived in the area her entire life, her sister said.

“This last year’s been really, really hard on her,” Laxson said.

Still, her sister is one of the funniest people she knows, according to Laxson.

“Mandy is one of the most positive, upbeat people I’ve met,” Brock said.

After her husband died, she always said that God would take care of her.

She is always smiling and has a passion for children and seniors, according to her family and friends.

Brock, who is the volunteer coordinator for IntegraCare in Mineral Wells, said Kiles-Williams was her first hospice volunteer.

While volunteering, Kiles-Williams decided to become a hospice nurse and started taking classes to make that happen, Brock said.

She currently works part-time for IntegraCare, according to Brock.

She is also involved in other areas, including volunteering with the Salvation Army, according to Brock and her family.

“It’s still touch and go,” Laxson said of her sister, who is still listed in critical condition.

Because her blood pressure has lowered, doctors have since been able to do two surgeries, and a surgery on her femur is expected in the near future, Laxson said.

The doctors said Kiles-Williams still has a long, hard fight ahead of her, first to recover from her injuries and then walk again, Laxson said.

The family is also dealing with having lost everything.

She was excited to find a blanket her sister had left at her home, Laxson said. “It was something that was hers.”

Many have stepped up to help the family already, including the Red Cross and many community members who’ve donated furniture and household items, but the bills will soon be mounting.

Kiles-Williams has no medical insurance and the renters insurance had recently lapsed when her brother was laid off work, her sister said.

Brock said she set up a fund with First National Bank of Santo for her friend Friday, and donations can be made at branches in Millsap, Cool and Santo.

Laxson said she will move in with her brother and sister to help care for her sister and her son in coming months because her brother travels with his new job.

Funds donated will be used to make sure her son is cared for and she gets the medical care she needs, Laxson said.