U.S. 41 East and Airport-Pulling Road
A friendly and caring teen whose life adventures were just getting started.
That’s how East Naples resident Kristin Murphy summed up her 19-year-old daughter, Chelsey, who died during the weekend from injuries she sustained in a hit-and-run crash in Naples last Tuesday.
“She touched so many hearts,” said Murphy, 41, while sitting in her East Naples home. “She would do anything for anyone.”
Instead of helping her daughter finish settling into her own place as planned, Murphy found herself Monday going through pictures for a memorial and picking out a casket for her daughter.
A native of Upper Darby Township in Pennsylvania, Chelsey and her family moved to Naples in 2003.
After attending New Beginnings alternative school in Naples, Chelsey went on to attend Job Corps in Homestead and graduated with her high school diploma and a medical assistant certification, Kristin Murphy said.
Chelsey returned to Naples in January 2009 and soon got a job working at Kilwin’s of Naples, a confectionery store.
Through it all, Murphy said, her daughter was making plans and getting ready for the arrival of her first child.
“She had names picked out, even though she didn’t know what it was,” Murphy said while going though pictures of Chelsey, who was four months pregnant. “She was so excited about that pregnancy.”
However, that all changed Tuesday when Murphy and her friend, Topacio Sanchez, were struck by a car as they tried to cross U.S. 41 near the Airport-Pulling Road intersection around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The two were hit by a white Kia Sephia when they attempted to cross U.S. 41 at Airport-Pulling Road by running out into the road and not on the crosswalk, the FHP report said.
Naples resident Jacque Michael Dampier, 18, was arrested in connection with the accident on two counts of leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, a Florida Highway Patrol report said.
Dampier didn’t see the two running, struck them, and then drove to the nearby Walmart, where he was located, the report said.
The FHP reported alcohol wasn’t a factor in the accident.
Both women were flown to Lee Memorial in Fort Myers; Sanchez remained in good condition Monday at the hospital.
But Chelsey sustained severe injuries, which included bleeding to the brain, as well as a broken neck and pelvis, Kristin Murphy said.
After what appeared to be the start of a strong recovery for Chelsey, Murphy said the last few days were terrible.
Murphy said the family’s hopes were further dashed when they learned the baby didn’t survive the accident.
Early Saturday, Kristin Murphy said, she got a 2 a.m. call from Lee Memorial Hospital staff.
“They said ‘You need to get back here quick,” said Murphy, who was staying at a hotel near the Fort Myers hospital.
Chelsey was pronounced brain dead at 10:15 a.m., Murphy said.
Before that, friends, co-workers and family members made their way to Lee Memorial to say their last goodbyes.
“She was one of those people that when you were with her, you were smiling,” said Chelsey’s co-worker, Abigail Christina. “She was part of the (Kilwin’s) family. It’s a big loss.”
In addition to her mother, Chelsey is survived by her brother Tyler, 17; her niece Natayla Lopez, 2; her maternal grandparents, Michael and Nancy Murphy, uncles Michael and Andrew, and extended family.
A viewing for Murphy is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fuller Funeral Home, 4735 U.S. 41 E. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Tree of Life Church, 2132 Shadowlawn Drive.
The family also will hold a service for Chelsey on Saturday at St. Dennis Cemetery in Havertown, Pa.