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Parents remember daughter who died in ATV accident

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 Gracie Abbott's parents never imagined that an Easter Sunday gathering would end the way it did. They tell me their daughter rode ATVs all time. And when they got the call that she was had been in an accident they were sure it wasn't that serious. But it was serious.

"I talked to her. I told her that we were proud of her. I held her," said Sharon Abbott.

Abbott says she's almost sure her daughter Gracie was gone at that point. She says Gracie's eyes were already fixated and dilated by the time she arrived at the scene of the accident. But she held her daughter and talked to her anyway.

"It was bad. It was real bad. But god gave us the power to hold her and to talk her and to be with her."

The day started like any easter Sunday would in the Abbot family. They had dinner, and eventually the younger family members took off to ride the ATV. This time Gracie was driving. Her 13-year-old and nine year old cousins were passengers. Around 6:30pm, Gracie's parents received a call that there had been an accident.

"I wouldn't even say that when we got the phone call that we were terrified. You know you never think that it's going to be something like that," said Gracie's mother.

The ATV had flipped. Gracie was thrown from vehicle and hit her head. Abbott says she and other family members performed cpr until emergency crew arrived. Gracie was airlifted to Children's of Alabama. She was pronounced dead at 10:15 Sunday night.

Her room is still the way she left it but her family and friends will never be the same. Gracie's basketball coach at maddox middle school was in disbelief.

"Three's no real way to prepare for it except to be a person of faith," said her history teacher and basketball coach, Greg Tinker.

Gracie's mother says she wants people to remember her daughter as the girl with the beautiful blue eyes and infectious laugh.

"We had almost 14 years with her and of course i would have had many more. But she was just life from the day she was born."



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