The 19-year-old daughter of a Leawood woman is raising funds to support her mother’s recovery, following a car crash last week that resulted in a vehicle fire.
Catch up quick: First responders arrived at the Tomahawk Creek trailhead parking lot on the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 14, to find an SUV on fire.
- A woman, later identified as Caroline Kill, was trapped inside.
- A video clip of an officer’s bodycam released by Leawood Police showed the harrowing moments as officers and firefighters pulled Kill from the still-burning vehicle alive.
What we know: According to a statement from the Leawood Police Department, the preliminary investigation showed that Kill’s car failed to stop at the Tomahawk Creek Parkway intersection while heading east on Town Center Drive from Roe Avenue.
- Once the car entered the Tomahawk Creek trailhead parking lot, it struck a second car and a tree.
Details: Kill, 51, is a Leawood resident and mother of three.
- According to friends and family, she is also a former Blue Valley School District science teacher who earned a doctorate degree at the University of Kansas.
- Gaby Kill, her daughter, said she has been in and out of surgery for the last week and doctors are not yet sure when her mother may wake up.
- In the last week, she said, her family has received an inpouring of donations and messages in support.
In her own words: “There have been so many people reaching out that I’ve only met once in my life or that I didn’t even know knew my mom,” she said. “New family friends that are just so kind and so caring. It’s been really sweet to see so many people want to help out and want to know how she’s doing.”
How you can help
According to the GoFundMe page, Gaby Kill launched the fundraiser for her mother three days ago.
- Caroline Kill is currently being treated for second and third-degree burns at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., where she is expected to be for at least the next month, according to Gaby Kill.
- The third-degree burns cover 31% of Caroline Kill’s body, Gaby Kill said, and she hopes to raise funds to offset the resulting financial and health impacts in the future.
- As of Monday, the fundraiser had garnered more than $29,000 donations, with a goal of $50,000.
- “The biggest help that anyone can do right now is sharing the story,” Gaby Kill said. “Financially, the more secure we are with money, the more time we can spend together as a family and the more we can focus on just healing.”