August 23, 2013

Girl, 9, recovering from wreck

Misty Watson

— Nine-year-old Katie Wimpey sang “Amazing Grace” a couple of weeks ago at Shine Your Light Ministries.

“‘I’m going to sing that for my daddy, (Katie) said,’” her grandmother, Debby Clark, said Thursday. “She loves the Lord. She knows more about the Lord than I do. She’s such a blessing.”

Now Katie’s in critical condition at Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga recovering from serious injuries sustained in a wreck Wednesday morning in northern Whitfield County that killed her mother, Christy Wimpey, 38.

Katie, a third-grader at Beaverdale Elementary, has several broken bones, including a fractured collar bone, arm, pelvis and ribs. She has a lacerated spleen and liver and a collapsed lung, Clark said.

“She’s really critical still,” Clark said. “They’re keeping her heavily sedated, trying to give her body time to heal. ... She’s wiggling her feet. I thank the Lord she’s not paralyzed. It was such a blessing to see those little feet wiggle. She’s a doll. Keep her in your prayers.”

Clark said doctors are keeping Katie comfortable to allow her body time to heal.

“It’s just a waiting game right now,” she said. “There’s nothing right now that’s wrong that they can’t fix.”

Katie was airlifted to the Chattanooga hospital after the van her mother was driving collided with a commercial dump truck around 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Good Hope and Beaverdale roads. The impact killed Christy Wimpey.

Wimpey was driving west from Boyles Mill Road across from Uncle Buck’s General Store. She didn’t stop at a stop sign at the intersection and was hit by the dump truck, which was traveling north on Beaverdale Road, said Georgia State Patrol Trooper 1st Class Stephanie Maddux.

Clark said she is proud of her daughter.

“She had a beautiful heart and was a beautiful girl,” she said. “She gave when she didn’t have it to give. She would do without so someone else could have something.”

Wimpey was married to Ronnie and had another daughter, Lacey Clark. The family has decided to wait to have a memorial service so Katie can attend.

Dalton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.