Friends and family gathered at the site on West Point Road on Saturday morning where their loved one Melanie Lemmon’s life was taken in a fatal car crash.
Tabatha Monroe, friend co-worker of Melanie Lemmon at the Summit convenience store on Commerce Avenue, said that she had known Lemmon for three years.
She talked about the moment she found out about the crash and that her co-worker was killed.
Monroe said she was checking Facebook and someone was talking about the a wreck. About 30 minutes later Lemmon’s fiance called Monroe at work and asked her if she knew what kind of car it was involved and she told him.
Monroe recalled him saying, “Do you not realize Melanie was in that kind of car and she was heading to West Point?”
She told him she did not know and he told her that he was going to call the sheriff’s department and would let her know something.
“I got a call an hour later and he told me that the police department said they were going to send someone to out to talk to him, and about 30 minutes later I got a call from my girlfriend saying it was Melanie that died in the car accident.”
She said her friend went by Lemmon’s house and Lemmon’s death had been confirmed by the police department. They confirmed it by showing a picture of a tattoo that Lemmon had on her chest, which Monroe said is how they were able to identify her.
Lemmon’s cousin, Laurie Kinkle, was at the scene where her cousin lost her life. She described Lemmon as crazy and outgoing and loved to have fun and enjoy life.
“She sings at Brickhouse on Thursdays,” said Kinkle. “Her favorite song to sing is ‘We’re here for the party’ by Gretchen Wilson.”
According to Kinkle and Monroe, Lemmon had just gotten engaged early last month and had just found out she was pregnant. Lemmon also had a 2-year-old son.
Lemmon’s friend Miranda, who was seated in the passenger’s seat of her vehicle, was also killed in the accident. Her cousin described her as a good person.
“She was an easy-going person,” said cousin, Oscar Grier. “We didn’t see each other much, but if I ran into her we would speak and hang out.”