Community support for family devastated by car wreck



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Posted on January 26, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 27 at 2:07 PM

ARLINGTON — You may have seen their story on your Facebook feed: The Nevil family -- nearly destroyed by tragedy.

Katie Nevil was killed by a possible drunk driver; her 12-year-old daughter Lauren was severely injured in the accident.

And her dad is blogging every detail of her recovery in North Texas.

On Saturday, dozens turned out to do what they could to help the family. Organizers call it "Lolo Palooza," a festival of love held at an Arlington restaurant.

The community came out as the inspiration for the event continues being confined to a hospital more than two months after the tragic accident.

Jimmy Brinson, the uncle of 12-year-old Lauren, says her progress is slow... but steady. "She's doing well, considering where she was to where she is, is amazing," he said.

Lauren Nevil has undergone painful surgeries, including removing a part of her skull. She has no short-term memory and has lost a portion of a foot.

Her dad, widowed by the same accident that injured Lauren, has sought refuge on Facebook, documenting his daughter's recovery every step of the way.

That online chronicle is touching hearts and tapping into a community's desire to help.

"We felt like we needed to do more," said Lolo Palooza organizer M.K. Davis. "It just kind of came together... we made it happen."

With a mix of music, food, and fun enjoyed by dozens of families who say they can see Lauren in their eyes of their own children, they hope to raise enough money to make one family's heavy burden of loss and expense a little lighter.

"I loved my sister Katie very much, and it's a good way to honor her and Lauren," Brinson said. "I think when Lauren gets back to being Lauren, she's going to be amazed and uplifted by the support."

Organizers said they raised more than $20,000 for the Nevil family on Saturday.