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Woman finds comfort in stranger's actions after mother's fatal crash

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Stephanie Levesque Stephanie Levesque
Diana Johnson passed away after crashing  into the Hobby Lobby on Old Hickory Boulevard. Diana Johnson passed away after crashing into the Hobby Lobby on Old Hickory Boulevard.
Ted Willette Ted Willette

This week marks two years since a woman died after a medical emergency caused her to crash her car into a Hobby Lobby store, but it was the actions of a complete stranger that brought two families together forever.

Diana Johnson, 67, was fiercely devoted to her family. She had taken her children through hard times, and they emerged very close.

So when Stephanie Levesque got the call that her mother had crashed into the Hobby Lobby on Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage, she went straight to the hospital not realizing her mom had already passed away.

"I can't even describe the kind of pain that you experience when you hear something like that. In fact, I argued with the doctor. I told him he had the wrong person," Levesque said.

Through her grief, Levesque learned an amazing story that brought peace and comfort. A complete stranger driving to work saw the crash, turned his car around and then actually sat with Johnson, waiting for the ambulance.

Levesque felt moved to put her emotions into writing.

"God has used what you did that day to bring me comfort in a mighty way. My mom was not alone when she took her last breath. You were with her," Levesque wrote to the good Samaritan.

That man was Ted Willette.

"So I go over there and open the door and her eyes are glassed over. I said 'I'm not going to leave' and started praying for her," Willette said.

Moments later, Johnson died.

"To have somebody who was a perfect stranger - not a policeman, a paramedic or fireman - just a man on his way to work, that he would comfort her and speak to her in those very last moments, her dying moments, it was a comfort to me," Levesque said.

And it changed Willette, too. To this day, he carries Levesque's letter in his pocket.

"People always think about themselves. Help one another. No matter if it's big or small," Willette said.

Little did they know at the time of the crash, but Johnson's granddaughter and Willette's daughter were both on the same Donelson Christian Academy cheerleading squad.

Now, the families are bonded by this gracious act, and the girls even went to prom together.

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