Remembering victims of a fatal hit-and-run crash

A second victim in the fatal hit- and- run crash earlier this month has died from her injuries.

Posted: Aug. 27, 2018 6:52 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A second victim in the fatal hit- and- run crash earlier this month has died from her injuries. Kimberly McDole will be remembered as a loving mother, mobile veterinarian and musician. Her friend, William Eric Peacock was also killed in the crash.

Alan Leming runs Digby's open mic night every Thursday.

But two of his favorite performers are now gone after a hit-and-run crash on August 1.

William "Eric" Peacock died shortly after he was struck but Kimberly McDole held on until Monday morning.

"This is the table where Eric and Kimberly used to always sit," said Leming.

He said McDole was a very neat lady. 

"I think she inspired a lot of people that do open mic you know?" said Leming. "If they come in here and they're overcoming something, this is a good way for them to overcome, you know? Because open mic is a therapeutic thing and Kim knew that."

Leming said Kim was still learning to play guitar but she would challenge herself every week.

"She was telling me, I can't sit in a chair anymore, now I have to stand. So, she started standing and playing, which is another step as a guitar player. A chair is kind of a comfort zone if you're not someone who has played very long," said Leming. 

She told her life story through her original songs but she also was pretty good at mixing up popular music like Rolling in the Deep by Adele.

"She was fearless and I liked that about her. You know, I thought what a neat lady," said Leming. 

He's looking for ways to honor the two of them long-term. Digby's already hosted a benefit.

"I would like to have some sort of a commemorative plaque and now I do have a table that I keep on the stage outside that I call Eric's table," said Leming. 

He's keeping their memory alive but he's also hoping for justice. Yariel Butler, 19, is accused in the crash. She now faces two charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

"I would just want her to know she needs to think about other people, she can't just think about herself in a life and death situation you know? And to run like that was definitely the wrong thing to do," said Leming. 

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