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August 25, 2013

Dead woman’s family sued by family of Good Samaritan

Civil lawsuit also names driver of one vehicle involved and a Fort Worth bar as defendants

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The Electric Cowboy denies the allegations and says it was not responsible for the accident.

Attorneys for Morell and Howard could not be reached Thursday.

Edwards, a 1999 graduate of Weatherford High School, was a single parent devoted to her children and a hard-working CNA beloved by the residents she cared for, according to her mother.

Her daughter was making some changes in her life when she died, Whitaker said.

Edwards had just purchased a house off Azle Highway and, after preparing a budget with Whitaker, planned to make that Friday night the last one out for a while, Whitaker said.

Whitaker said she was told the two women went drinking at the Electric Cowboy, one of Edwards’ favorite places to go, and then Best Friends Club in Fort Worth that night.

She’s not been able to speak with Edwards’ long-time friend about what happened that night and police weren’t able to obtain much information about how Edwards ended up in the middle of the highway way miles from home or the bar, Whitaker said.

Edwards’ daughter and son, now 13 and 9 years old, are still struggling with the loss of their mother, according to Whitaker.

In addition to the unanswered questions that have pained the family, Whitaker said she now has to hire an attorney after the family of the man who stopped to help Edwards and was also killed filed a lawsuit naming Edwards heirs.

“My daughter was a victim,” Whitaker said. “We don’t know why or how [she was in the middle of the highway].”

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