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Carteret County Habitat Home Built In Honor Of Drunk Driver Victim

By: April Davis/ Kelsie Smith
By: April Davis/ Kelsie Smith

Two families came together to break ground on a home being built in memory of a woman killed by a drunk driver.

The 84th home by Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity is being built on Old Mill Road in Newport, for the Simons family. This home has special significance because it is built in memory of Joy Gaskill who was killed by a drunk driver in 2008. She worked with her employer, Jarrett Bay Boat Works, to build a Habitat home. President of the company Randy Ramsey says they continued to pursue the project after her death because she was more then a coworker to him and the staff.

"She was as close a friend as I ever had, and that's why today is so special for our whole company and a good portion of people have turned out because of it," said Ramsey.

Gaskill's family was also on hand, they tell us it's difficult to put into words what today means to them, but they all say this day would put a smile on Gaskill's face.


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