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Family of 71-year-old killed in Shelby County crash makes heartbreaking plea

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Doris Wise was in the I-64 Shelby County crash Wednesday, the only casualty. Doris Wise was in the I-64 Shelby County crash Wednesday, the only casualty.
"We're going to just miss her," said Joe Mathley, the victim's grandson. "She was a great person and a hard worker." "We're going to just miss her," said Joe Mathley, the victim's grandson. "She was a great person and a hard worker."
SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 71-year old grandmother died when a big rig smashed into the back of her car in Shelby County Wednesday afternoon.

Today, WDRB's Gilbert Corsey spoke with her family, who are pleading for motorists to pay more attention to the roads, and less to their phones.

"My mom called and checked on me," said Joe Mathley, the victim's grandson. "She said, 'There's a bad wreck on 64,' and said, 'I just wanted to make sure you're all right.' She said, 'Grandma's supposed to be coming through that way, but I haven't heard from her. I guess no news is good news.'"

But no news was not good news. In fact for Joe Mathley, it was the worst news possible. The construction worker says his grandmother, Doris Wise, was in the Shelby County crash Wednesday, the only casualty.

Troopers say an 18-wheeler rear-ended her car and it exploded.

"We're going to just miss her," Mathley said. "She was a great person and a hard worker."

Mathley tells us Doris was working when she died.

"She traveled," he said. "She worked for Stokers...and she would go and sell equipment to restaurants."

Wise was 71 years old, still going full-time, in part to care for her 93-year-old mother.

Mathley says family was everything to Doris.

"It didn't have to happen," he said.

State police have charged Miroslav Kuzmanovic with reckless homicide. They say the 22-year-old truck driver got distracted on his cell phone and didn't stop as traffic slowed for a stranded vehicle.

The chain reaction crash crunched five cars.

"Anytime an operator of a vehicle is driving distracted, it can mirror the effects of someone driving under the influence of ...drugs or alcohol," said Trooper Kendra Wilson of Kentucky State Police. "That means it puts themselves and everyone else around them on the roadway in danger." 

According to AAA, distracted driving causes 50,000 wrecks a year in Kentucky -- more than 300 fatalities in the last two years. Cell phones are often to blame -- or rather, the person holding them.

"I hope everybody takes it into consideration," Mathley said. "Ain't no phone call or no text that can't wait."

Doris Wise was a mother, daughter and grandmother. Heartbreakingly, she's also become one more tragic statistic. 

Kuzmanovic denied our request for a jail interview. He faces charges relating to all five victims in the crash and is due in court next Tuesday.

The other drivers have been released from the hospital.

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