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Local Waitress Killed In Wreck
28-year-old Danielle Dixon-Andrews of Woodfin, was an adoring mother and wife. She was also a hardworking employee waiting tables at one of Weaverville's most popular restaurants, Blue Mountain Pizza. Her boss Chris Lafond was almost brought to tears at the thought Danielle is gone.
"She's a wonderful person. I watched her blossom into a wonderful caring mother who would do anything for her child," said Lafond.
"She was just irreplaceable," said Sammy Koontz who works behind the bar.
She was a wonderful co-worker always willing to go out of her way for us, said Koontz. She loved gardening and being outdoors.
But all her friends at Blue Mountain seem to agree, Danielle adored her 4-year-old son William most of all.
"He is incredibly smart, reading and writing and he's just four," said Koontz as she tried to stay composed while talking about her friend's son.
"Danielle was Blue Mountain family," said Lafond.
At Blue Mountain it is all family, with dogs and kids playing beneath dinner tables on the patio. There are many loyal local customers Danielle delighted in waiting on for the past four years. She was killed Thursday when, in backed up traffic from another accident on I-26, she accidentally ran straight into a flat-bed truck just north of the Elk Mountain exit for Woodfin. Now the restaurant where she worked is doing something special.
"We're going to be raising money for her husband and son throughout the month of October," said Lafond.
The pizzeria that gives back does a third Thursday fundraising event for local charities. But next month they're giving 100% of third Thursday revenues to help Danielle's family.
"We're all really trying to do something because none of us can do what we really want to do which is bring her back," said Lafond. "I can't imagine Blue Mountain Pizza without her."
The restaurants owner was too emotional to speak about Danielle's death, but he plans to match 100% of donations placed into a plexiglass donation box by the cash register.
"We are all missing her so much," said Koontz. "We simply want her family to know how much we loved her."
By Kimberly King
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