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Family: Young mom of three dies in crash with Arrington fire truck

(Submitted to Fox 17 News by family)

A Smyrna mother lost her life Thursday in a collision with an Arrington Fire Department Truck.

That truck was headed down Nolensville Road to a fire call that ended up being cancelled when it collided with Nikki Walden's car pulling out to cross at the York Road intersection.

Michael Coleman saw everything two cars behind her.

"All you heard was a big boom and chaos of everything flying," Coleman said.

Coleman says Walden appeared to hesitate twice before pulling out to cross Nolensville road.

Walden's family tells Fox 17 News she was on her way to pick up a 3-year-old daughter from daycare. The Smyrna medical sales employee also has 11 and 7 year old sons according to the family.

They've set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the three children.

Coleman is convinced Walden saw the fire truck, but he believes she would have reacted differently if that truck had been running lights and sirens.

"She wouldn't have had to pull out. She'd sat right there and wait for that to come through," said Coleman.

From her GoFundMe page:

It is with great sadness to say that we have all lost a beautiful mother, daughter, sister and friend. Nikki lost her life in a tragic car accident on August 10th, 2017. She leaves behind three small children, Tristan, Easton and Aralynn, her brothers, her sister and many family and friends. First and most importantly this family needs prayers. You can never pray enough for Nikki and the people that are left to mourn her death. Nikki was a beautiful and kind young woman who always brightened the room when she entered. Her parents Angie and Lee both adored her and they should never have to experience loss at this level. They have always been such a wonderful support system for her, let's all be a support system for them. Please remember anything, anything at all, that you could give, it would be a blessing for this family. If you can do this, there are lots and lots of hard roads ahead and your support is greatly appreciated.Thank you, may God be will us all as we never ever forget our Angel.

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