Husband of crash victim: Tell family you love them - WSMV Channel 4

Husband of crash victim: Tell family you love them

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FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

Eighteen people in Tennessee have died during this week's winter weather, including 34-year-old Kristi Clark and her son, 10-year-old Carter Oakley.

The mother and son were struck by a semitruck after getting out of their car to help people in a wrecked SUV on Interstate 65.

John Clark, Kristi Clark's husband and Carter's stepfather, spoke to Channel 4 on Friday and shared a message he wants the world to know.

"I have jokingly said I wish she would walk in that door right now and yell at me for loading the dishwasher the wrong way," John Clark said.

John Clark said all he wants is to have one more minute with his wife and stepson.

"They were so much bigger than just this tragic incident, but it doesn't surprise me that they went to help," he said. "Because that's who they were. That's who Kristi was, and she instilled that in Carter, that there was no way they could have driven by without stopping to help."

Monday night, Kristi Clark and Carter stopped to help five people in an SUV that overturned after hitting black ice on Interstate 65 in Franklin. As they got out of their car to help, they were hit and killed by a semitruck.

John Clark wants to make sure those people who were hurt in the SUV are not forgotten.

"They have struggles ahead of them, from recovery to medical bills to all of those things, and I don't want anyone to forget those people because Kristi wouldn't have wanted people to have forgotten them," he said. "Their family would've been one that Kristi would have wanted to reach out to help."

John Clark, a criminal defense attorney, said it's easy to become jaded after seeing the things that he has. But he said the outpouring of support for his family during this difficult time has been overwhelming.

"They have shown their support in so many amazing ways and I am so very grateful," John Clark said. "I have had my faith restored in human kindness and in human nature because of what has happened here."

But there was another message John Clark wanted to share.

"If you have a loved one, if you have children, don't neglect while they're here to tell them that you love them, as a simple trip to the grocery store may be the last time you see them," he said. "And if you have the opportunity, take that opportunity every second. I don't care if it annoys your family members to tell them that you love them, but you have to do it."

John Clark said he has received calls from strangers wanting to help from as far away as Alaska, Colorado, Australia and China.

A family friend has established a GoFundMe page to help pay for Kristi Clark and Carter's funeral. Any remaining funds will go toward helping to raise the couple's 4-year-old daughter.

In just two days, people have donated more than $20,000 for the family. For more information on how to donate, click here.

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