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November 28, 1996 ~ July 1, 2007

Caitlin Summer S*** went back to her Lord on July 1, 2007. Born November 28, 1996, in Longview, WA, Caitlin was ten years old. A lifetime Kelso, WA resident, Caitlin was a member of the Kelso Soccer Club and attended Barnes Elementary School and East Hills Alliance Church in Kelso. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, swimming, drawing, playing soccer and basketball, listening to music, being active in school events, and anything that had to do with horses. Caitlin is survived by her parents, Clifford “Jay” and Jennifer; brothers: Patrick and Matthew; grandparents: Jay and Jean S*** and Larry K*****, all of W****, W*; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. There will be a Celebration of Life Service for Caitlin on Friday, July 13, 2007, 7:00pm, at Barnes Elementary School in Kelso. Caitlin will live on through her family and friends, and through the lives of those who already have received her organs which she unselfishly donated. Donations in Caitlin’s memory may be made to the Caitlin S*** Memorial Fund: 1405 Burcham St., Kelso, WA 98626, which will be distributed to the Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank and the Legacy Emmanuel Pediatric I.C.U.


Saturday, June 30, 2007
BY KELLY ADAMS AND JOHN BRANTON, Columbian staff writers

A 10-year-old girl was flown to a hospital by Life Flight helicopter on Friday after a 1996 Chevrolet Suburban she was riding in crashed into a pickup on Lewis River Road near Woodland.

Caitlin S. of Kelso was listed in critical condition in intensive care at Portland‘s Legacy Emanuel Hospital, a nursing supervisor said Friday night. The girl suffered a serious head injury, according to a Washington State Patrol bulletin.

Another child who was in the Suburban, Matthew M., 8, of Kelso, suffered minor knee lacerations. His condition was not available.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday, the report said, Clifford J., 39, of Kelso was driving the Suburban west when he lost control on the road, also known as state Highway 503, about three miles east of Interstate 5.

The Suburban slid sideways across the centerline and was hit on its passenger side by an eastbound 2001 Dodge pickup driven by Steven C., 53, of Battle Ground, the report said.

The pickup caught fire.Both drivers suffered minor cuts and bruises and were taken to a hospital, the report said. Their conditions weren’t available.

No citation was immediately reported, and the crash was under investigation, the report said.


My cousin and his two children. They’d been hiking all day and were on their way down the hill going to Matthew’s 8th birthday party. Matthew was asleep in the back seat. Caitlin was awake in the front passenger seat. Their dad, my cousin, fell asleep at the wheel. Everyone involved in the accident made it out with cuts and bruises…except Caitlin. She suffered a severe brain injury and never regained consciousness.

Her mom says the thing that makes her the saddest right now is that Caitlin saw it all. Everyone else was asleep. Her mom is one of my favorite people on the planet.


11 responses to this post.

  1. Oh no! I just found your website, so I don’t know who this little girl is.


  2. Dear God, how awful! So very, very, very sorry. For everyone concerned, but especially the parents. That is certainly a wake-up call for not driving when you are exhausted.

    (((( hugs & prayers )))))


  3. I’m so terribly sorry. My prayers and thoughts are with her family…


  4. There are no words…

    My thoughts and prayers are with that little girl and your whole family.


  5. That is so heart wrenching. My thoughts are with you and your family.


  6. Oh, Traci. This is terrible. I’m so sorry for your loss of this precious little girl. Her parents, and just everyone, must be suffering horribly. Some things are just not right. Hugs to you, honey. You know where I am if you need me.


  7. I am so terribly sorry Trace..OMG..just an awful tragedy..prayers for you all…


  8. I’m sorry for this tragedy and the family, including the extended family, will be in my prayers and meditations. Hugs to you, especially.


  9. I wondered where you’d been. I wish it wasn’t a place like this. I’m so sorry, honey. Sending love and peace.


  10. You don’t know me so forgive the intrusion. I just had to extend my condolences and wishes for peace for you, this beautiful child’s family and all of the extended family. It seems that all need some patience, love and peace right now. My prayers for all.


  11. Oh no. What a horrible tragedy. And I can’t even imagine how your cousin must be feeling…

    Sending healing thoughts to your whole family.



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