Family of woman killed in Florence crash struggling to raise burial expenses

“We want it to be something nice for mom.”

Family of woman hit by car needs help raising money for funeral

BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - The family of a woman fatally struck by a car in Florence says they are having a hard time paying for burial expenses.

Jeannie Kinney, 56, of Newport, was one of two pedestrians hit by a westbound vehicle while crossing KY18 near Woodspoint Drive Monday around 7 p.m., according to Florence police.

Kinney was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital Florence, where she was pronounced deceased.

Kinney’s family say the women were friends living with their respective husbands in a hotel down the road and were returning from a gas station when they were hit.

Kinney was a mother of 13 children, according to one of her sons, Chris Kinney.

“It’s just rough,” Chris said. “It’s just tragic the way it came to an end. It would be nice to give mom a final resting place.”

Chris says the family was able to scrape together enough money to get her to the morgue, but they’re having a hard time getting the money together to give his mother a proper burial.

“Funeral services are so high,” he said. “We have a good start on a good service, but not the kind of service she would want.”

The family started a GoFundMe fundraiser to help with the expenses.

Chris says it’s important to give his mother the burial she wanted because of everything she faced in life, including homelessness.

“Mom didn’t really have a lavish life, lucrative life,” he said. “She had a really rough life. It was a happy life, but it was rough. We want it to be something nice for mom.”

The other pedestrian, Christine Norris, was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center by Air Care, police said. There is no update on her injuries at this time.

Investigators said the driver stopped and worked with police to give an account of what happened.

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