For Ashley, aka @ashPEAmama / by Chel Wolverton


Tuesday evening I was reading through my Twitterstream, preparing for a meeting but trying to keep up. A flash of news passed my eye followed by a link that lead me to this:

brendajos says: GEISMAR RESIDENT DIES IN CRASH At 11:12 AM, on Tuesday, January 08, 2008, State Police, Troop A began investigating a two vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality. The crash occurred on US Hwy 61 north of LA Hwy 621 in Ascension Parish. Two vehicles, a Hyundai Elantra (eastbound on Duplessis Road) and a 2006 Peterbuilt (southbound on US Hwy 61) were approaching the intersection of US Hwy 61 and Duplessis road. The Hyundai Elantra traveled through the intersection into the path of the 2006 Peterbuilt. In doing so, the Hyundai Elantra was struck on the driver side by the 2006 Peterbuilt. The driver of the Elantra, Ashley Spencer (W/F/Age 20) of Geismar, LA, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroners Office. The driver of the 2006 Peterbuilt, Yancy Hebert (W/M/Age 42) of Gonzales, LA, did not seek medical attention at the crash scene. Seatbelts were used and alcohol/drugs are not suspected to be a factor in this crash.

Ashley Spencer was a young mom, she tweeted throughout her pregnancy, sharing her life and the development of her Sproglet and Lucy's pregnancy, birth and first 2 months of life. Always funny, always helpful, Ashley reached out where she could to help others, even when she was tired from caring for a newborn.

Tuesday night the world lost a great woman, wife and mother. I wouldn't have known her if it weren't for Twitter. Which made me think about how many friendships I have because of Twitter and that it's made my life better to know how all of my friends are doing on a daily basis. This loss has been very hard.

The Twitter community is raising money for Ashley's family for funeral and childcare expenses. If you can, please contribute.

(I normally wouldn't include 2 different such requests in a week but helping Ashley's family is most important.)