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Family says I-65 crash victim lived life to its fullest

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A Franklin family is trying to come to terms over the death of a family member. Steffanie Leonard was on her way to work early Wednesday, when a driver traveling the wrong direction on Interstate 65 crashed into Leonard's car, killing her.  

Leonard's sisters are in shock and grief since her sisters death. Rebekah and Jennifer Leonard were very close to their sister. A constant stream of family, friends, and members of their church have brought food to the Leonard home, and surrounded them with love.

"People praying for us and loving us through this," said Jennifer Leonard.

Steffanie was a sales representative at PepsiCo Bottling in Nashville. Leonard left for work well before the sun came up. She was on her way to work, when the wrong-way driver crashed into her car.

Both Jennifer and Rebekah rely on the memories of their sister to get them through the tough times. Tears turned to laughter as they recalled the last time they saw Steffanie.

"She came to see my mom to get Girl Scout cookies that we were selling," said Jennifer Leonard. Both sisters laughed as they recalled the recent visit.

The one thing they are drawing comfort from, is that Steffanie loved life. They said she lived life to its fullest.

"She was a vibrant, zest for life, artistic, beautiful woman," said Rebekah Leonard.

"It's not the breath you take in this life, but the moments that take your breath away. Steffanie lived that way," said Jennifer Leonard.      

Police said Rebecca Benson, 22, of Antioch will be charged with vehicular homicide. Police said Benson got onto the interstate going the wrong way at Broadway downtown and acknowledged drinking prior to the wreck.

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