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Franklin dad remembers teen daughter's passion for helping others after deadly bike crash

(Fox 17 News)

Exactly one week ago on Wednesday, a Franklin father found out his 17-year-old daughter was been hit by a truck while on a bike on Coleman road in Williamson County.

Megan passed away the next day after being severely hurt. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has yet to release any more information about the driver.

Marty Fitzgerald said the community support has been so important for their family.

”The outpouring of generosity and love has been nothing short of remarkable," Fitzgerald said. "People from work, people from her swim team, just friends and family from all over have just helped prop us up."

He said his daughter was very smart, loved to laugh and had a tuition scholarship to Southern Illinois University to study biomedical engineering. Fitzgerald said she wanted to work with prosthetics because she loved helping people.

"She wanted to help other people use her talents and skills to allow others to live a fuller life," Fitzgerald said. "Even in death, she’s been allowed to do that. She was an organ donor, and she was able to use her lungs and liver to be a miracle for two other families that, that probably needed one."

The Fitzgerald family is hoping people will donate funds towards two things Megan was passionate about.

The Independence High School swim team has set up a Scholarship fund in Megan’s name. This scholarship will be awarded to future Indy swimmers.

If anyone would like to make a donation to the fund, please make payments to IAC, in Memory of Megan Fitzgerald. You may mail the donation to: Lisa James, 4164 Columbia Pike, Franklin, TN 37064.

The family is also asking for donations to the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge in an effort for wounded veterans to revived the care they need, including prosthetics, what Megan was going to study at SIU. You can donate by clicking here.

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