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Crash victim liked to talk with others

By Brian Cuaron
May 23, 2011 at 12:23 a.m.


VICTIMS FROM OTHER FM 236 CRASH ARE OK

Cheyenne Autumn Shaw, 21, of Goliad, was seen and dismissed from Citizens Medical Center's ER, said Vickie Mallette, assistant director of nursing.

Destin Sparks was admitted to the hospital on Saturday but was released on Sunday, Mallette said.

Both women were involved in a crash involving two vehicles on Farm-to-Market Road 236.

Trooper Louie Veredeja said Shaw turned into on-coming traffic and crashed into a black Chevy pickup, which was driven by Sparks.

Two unidentified female passengers complained of injuries, but the Advocate wasn't able to learn their status.

The world will miss Alicia's pleasant, friendly voice.

Alicia Ann Franklin-Lott, 32, loved to talk. Whether it was on the cell phone or via the Internet, her mother said you could count on her baby to give you a good conversation.

"There wasn't a dull moment, that's for sure," said Betty Jones, describing her daughter Alicia's personality. "She could hold a conversation with everybody."

Alicia died on Sunday when her 2006 Chevrolet Impala ran into a chain-link fence off of Farm-to-Market Road 236. Trooper Joe Schuler said she died on impact after a fence post struck her head and caused massive head trauma.

The vehicle continued for about a mile after the initial impact before settling in a driveway west of Winter Lane. A witness driving behind Alicia said that she lost control when she went off the road at 9:35 a.m.

Schuler said, at this point in the investigation, there are no vehicle defects seen.

While she was alive, Alicia's communicative personality moved her in several ways.

It moved her to pick up her cell phone, with which she ran over her minutes, or onto the computer so she could talk with friends. It moved her to visit the beach with some of those friends.

Eventually, though, it moved her back to Victoria.

She had gone to Refugio with her mother after Jones married. However, it was too small of a locale for this big-time conversationalist.

So she moved in with a friend back in Victoria. Yet, being the woman that she was, Alicia sacrificed her city so she could move in with her aunt after her grandmother passed away in 2008.

There, she cooked for "Aunt J" (Jessie Smith) in an old homestead that is about 12 miles outside of Victoria.

"She loved to cook and eat, too," Smith said with a chuckle.

But not even her kitchen could keep her away from friends. Alicia would visit with them in the city on weekends, Jones said.

Alicia's love for fun began early. She began playing the clarinet in the sixth-grade and later joined the Victoria High School band.

Jones said her daughter loved her band, especially those trips with the football team to Florida and Colorado.

"She just loved to have fun," Jones said.

Between graduating from high school in 1997 and her graduation in April from the Texas Vocational School, Alicia shared her personality with those she met while working as a cashier at places like Chubby's or as a home-help provider.

As a provider, Alicia also got to share her cooking with her clients.

"She was a good baby," said Jones about her only child. "That's my baby."

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