, Muskogee, OK

July 18, 2013

Mom killed in collision was seven months pregnant

Sons survive with minor injuries

By Wendy Burton
Phoenix Staff Writer

— When Crystal Renee King Franklin was killed in a collision Tuesday in front of Walmart, her unborn child died also, said Franklin’s sister, Carrie King.

Franklin, 28, who was killed in the head-on collision about 7:43 p.m., was seven months pregnant, King said.

“She did everything for her children, you know. She was a hard-working, single mother,” she said, sobbing quietly. “She lived for them. Her kids, they were everything to her, and she was real excited to be pregnant and having a girl.”

The driver of the pickup that hit Franklin’s car, Carl Jordan, 70, of Muskogee, was transported to EASTAR Health System. An updated condition on Jordan from the hospital was unavailable Wednesday.

Franklin’s sons, Cash, 18 months, and Drake, 5, were injured in the wreck. King said both suffered many painful bruises and Cash needed stitches. The boys were released from the hospital Tuesday night and are physically OK, she said.

“And it’s his (Drake’s) birthday today. And he keeps asking me where his mother is,” she said. “I don’t know what to say to him.”

Although the investigation is not complete, Police Cpl. Michael Mahan said it appears Franklin was driving west on Shawnee Bypass about 7:43 p.m. and was just past Sixth Street when Jordan’s pickup, traveling east, crossed the median and struck Franklin’s car head-on.

Franklin had to be extricated. She died at the scene, Mahan said.

Police don’t yet know why Jordan’s pickup crossed the median or how fast it was going, he said.

“We think he may have suffered some kind of medical condition that caused him to black out, but the investigation into the cause of the wreck is ongoing,” Mahan said.

It’s unclear whether Franklin or Jordan were wearing seat belts, but Mahan said Franklin had made sure her sons were.

“Her last act for her children was to make sure they were buckled in, and I’d say that’s probably what saved their lives,” he said.

King said her sister had gone to Muskogee to meet someone to buy a used cradle for the daughter she expected in September.

The sisters, only 13 months apart and very close, were talking on the phone not long before the collision, she said.

“I was the last person to talk to her, and she was a talker,” King said. “She was excited about getting the cradle for the baby.”

Franklin was the oldest of five siblings. She worked at the Dollar General in Longtown, King said.

Services for Franklin have been set for 10 a.m. Monday at Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home and Crematory in Eufaula.

Mahan said police would announce a fundraiser soon to help Franklin's family with funeral expenses.

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