When Faith Darland got the news Monday night her mother had been killed along Dixie Highway in Louisville, how she died – attempting to help someone who had been a car crash – came as no surprise to her.

It’s a lesson Angie Cecil of Radcliff had passed down for years to her three children, Darland said.

“She was always giving back helping others,” she said. “All through my life that was something she taught me.”

Cecil, 50, died Monday night around 11 when she was struck by a vehicle on Dixie Highway. She had witnessed a crash near the Gene Snyder exit and left her vehicle to try and help when she was hit by another vehicle as she attempted to cross the roadway, according to media reports.

The crash Cecil was attempting to assist at the scene occurred when a truck made a quick U-turn on Dixie Highway and when another driver attempted to avoid the truck, the driver’s vehicle flipped into a ditch, according to reports.

Darland said her mother died at the scene.

She said what she will remember most about her mother is her “smile.”

“Always smiling even through hard times,” she said. “We lost my brother 5 years ago ... he got murdered and my mother still kept a smile for us.”

Darland said she and her brothers were raised in Glendale.

She said her mom had started to lead a better life after going through a divorce and a number of jobs.

“She had to find her way,” Darland said.

Darland said her mother also loved animals, and it was common for her to take in and care for stray animals.

Stephen W. Brown Jr., 29, who made the U-turn, has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence, according to the report. The driver of the vehicle that hit Cecil has not been charged. There were no other serious injuries from the incident.

Darland said her mother was on her way to spend time in Louisville with her mother when she was struck and killed. Cecil, a grandmother to four children, would have turned 51 in a few weeks.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1404 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.

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