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Benefit planned for young mother killed in crash

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Friends and loved ones of a young Southern Illinois mother killed in a car crash will host a benefit this weekend, in her honor.

On her Facebook page, Amber Mitchell proudly displayed this quote: "Live each day like it's your last."

Friends say that's exactly how Mitchell lived her life.

"She'd smile and laugh all the time. She was one of the people you knew was in the room because of her smile and laugh," said Jon Dye, one of Amber's friends.

Sadly, a crash on Dec. 30th cut Mitchell's life tragically short.

Investigators say a car, which was being driven by 31-year-old Ashley Beck, was speeding away from Herrin police officers when it crashed into Mitchell's car, killing her and injuring her 11-month-old daughter.

"We were all devastated because Amber was on a great path and she was going back to school. It was just devastating," said Dye.

Dye said his wife and Mitchell grew up together and they babysat for her over the last several months.

"She was the happiest person in the world. She loved her daughter Adrianna more than anything in the world," said Dye. "It was just a terrible accident that took a wonderful person and a loving mother away too early."

Dye, his wife and a few of Mitchell's other close friends decided to turn the tragedy into something positive.

They organized a benefit to help pay for Mitchell's funeral, and to start a trust fund for Adrianna.

They visited more than 30 businesses and organizations, asking them to help sponsor the benefit.

The businesses and organizations that agreed to help include: Pepsi MidAmerica, SIU Athletics, Golden Eagle, Koerner, Heartland Coca-Cola, Ron Ward, Bryan Furniture in Herrin, Tony Lawrence Auto Clinic, Dye Hard Hair Parlor, Neat Cut Lawn Care, Cavco Printers, Fin & Feather Club, Grumpy's Smokehouse, Samus Meat Market and Fire Masters.

"We put the benefit together in about a week and a half," said Dye. "It's amazing to see the community and southern Illinois as a whole come together."

The benefit, which will include live music and food, will be held at Teddy's Sports Bar & Grill in Herrin on Sunday, starting at noon. 

For more information, including a list of the local artists performing on Sunday, visit the benefit's Facebook event page here. 

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