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The Carthage Press
  • Travelers pass through Carthage on route honoring drunk driver victim

  • Some travelers from California passed through Carthage last week with a special story to share.
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  • Some travelers from California passed through Carthage last week with a special story to share.
    Ed and Kara Hardesty, owners of Mother Road Coffee on the Square, were pleased to meet Vern and Rosalie Gerran, and their friend Rich Zwaal, of California. After enjoying the coffee establishment, they gladly took part in the travelers' tradition of signing the guest book and placing a pin on their home on the Hardesty's map. They also openly shared the reason for their visit.
    The Gerrans and Zwaal are traveling Route 66 (from east to west) in honor of Kristina Chesterman, a 21-year-old that was killed by a drunk driver. Kristina, who was a complete stranger to the travelers, was registered as an organ donor, because she told her mother, “it was the right thing to do.”
    After the fatal crash, Kristina's organs saved eight lives.
    Those families call Kristina their “Guardian Angel.”
    On her bucket list was the desire to travel Route 66. And so, in a pre-written note by the travelers, it reads: “In her memory and to honor her, we are taking her spirit with us on our Route 66 adventure.”
    And on the guest book at Mother Road Coffee, in Carthage, Mo., is Kristina's name.

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