Lisa Feltner laughed as she looked through a family album Tuesday at Lake Reba.

“We’re here to remember, not mourn,” she said.

Feltner is the sister-in-law of Kimberly Newman, who was killed April 18, 2005, in a triple-fatality vehicle accident on Irvine Road (KY 52).

The accident’s one-year anniversary brought together friends and family of Newman and Lydia Flores, who were killed along with Jessica Mullins in a head-on collision last year.

The families gathered at Lake Reba for a picnic, then later took two large, wooden crosses and hammered them into the earth where the accident occurred.

Newman, 38, Jessica Mullins, 24, and Lydia Flores, 70, were killed around 11 a.m. April 18, 2005. Newman’s car was struck when a vehicle driven by Mullins crossed over the center line, said Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Chris Lanham.

“The collision was head-on with a left offset which is driver’s side to driver’s side,” Lanham said. “One of the worst types.”

No drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident, Lanham reported.

The families of Newman and Flores hold no hard feelings toward Mullins, Feltner said.

“I would just like to talk to the family,” she said. “I feel so bad for them and they’re in our prayers.”

Feltner survived the accident and suffered two broken legs, several broken ribs, internal bleeding and was on life support for two days following the accident. It took her three months to be able to walk again.

“I’ve come a very long way, but it’s still a struggle,” Feltner said. “It’s opened my eyes and showed me to never take life for granted. We must live each day to the fullest because we don’t know what our fate’s going to be. I know I’m truly blessed.”

John Rose, 32, and Steven Phillips, 30, also were survivors of the 2005 accident.

Newman was the mother of three: Jacob, 20, Crystal, 18, Kala, 14, and Janelle,12. Crystal now has custody of Kala and Janelle.

“I work and take care of them by myself,” Crystal said. “For 18 years old, I’m doing pretty good. I work part-time and will be going back to college. I work 23 hours a week now. It’s rough, but she (Kimberly) did it all my life so it’s something I felt I had to do. I knew I could do it because she raised me right.”

David Feltner Sr., Newman’s father, is sometimes haunted by the devastation he learned one year ago.

“There’s been time when it crosses my mind,” he said. “It don’t go away in a year’s time. I don’t know if it will ever go away.”

Ronica Shannon can be reached at or at 623-1669, Ext. 234.

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