Friends, family: crash victim was flight EMT, organ donor

Published: Apr. 2, 2016 at 2:22 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2016 at 11:44 AM CDT
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Source: Jennifer Sparks
Source: Jennifer Sparks
Source: Jennifer Sparks
Source: Jennifer Sparks
Source: Mikey Spann
Source: Mikey Spann
Source: KCBD
Source: KCBD

TERRY COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - The crash happened at about 9 p.m., Friday April, 1,  about four-and-a-half miles north of Wellman, on U-S 62/82.

DPS tells us 38-year-old Carrie Lynn Spann, of Lubbock, was driving northbound on the highway, however she was driving on the wrong side of the road, in the southbound lanes.

Authorities tell us Spann hit an SUV on the driver's side while it was traveling southbound.

Spann's vehicle came to a rest in the center median.

She was pronounced dead on scene.

The SUV stopped in an outside lane the driver, 30-year-old Carlos Beltran of Seagraves was taken to a nearby hospital, with non-life threatening injuries.

DPS says no charges have been filed and this crash is still under investigation.

Spann's family and friends say she constantly giving of herself, in fact she was an organ donor.

Her mother says that someone can now see because Spann's eyes were a match.

She flew all over the nation transporting critical patients and saved hundreds of lives.

The day she died, she was coming home from a shift at work.

Mikey Spann says he's never been in shock before but he says when he got the news his mother was gone.

"I was like, that's impossible," he said. "That's mom. That's the strongest person I know, there's no way she could be gone.

Spann was a single mother and her son says she sacrificed so much so that her kids could have quality lives.

"She was an amazing, selfless person," Spann said. "She was a hero is what she was. Dedicated her life to helping and saving lives."

Her fiance John Howell was on the phone with her when it happened and he describes it as horrible.

"She just started screaming and that's when it happened," Howell said. "Then it just went dead."

David is Spann's brother and says the two have always relied on each other to make it through life. He says he doesn't know how to perceive a future without his best friend.

"Going further in life without Carrie is going to definitely be tough," he said through his tears. "It won't be as easy as it was with Carrie.

Her friend and co-worker J.T. Sanders says she had a huge fun personality, colorful and eccentric.

"She travelled with one of her very best friends with a garden gnome to Montana and back and taking pictures with the garden gnome with them and then sending the pictures to the people that they got the garden gnome from saying thanks, your travelling gnome is doing well," Sanders said with a laugh.

Her brother says she was always giving, bringing random gifts, checking in on him.

"She would drop by with a sonic sweet tea," he said. "Carrie had so much to offer that there's going to be so much to miss I can't pick one particular thing about her that I'm going to miss. Carrie is what I'm going to miss."

Co-workers and friends have set up a GoFundMe account to help Spann's two children and for burial expenses.

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