5-year-old Smithville girl killed in crash; mom arrested for DWI

Macklyn’s mother, Samantha Jones, was driving about 9:30 p.m. Sunday after she admits she’d been drinking, court records state. (Platte County Jail)

The town of Smithville is in mourning after a 5-year-old girl died over the weekend.

Some called Macklyn Lucas the “Princess of Smithville,” and now a famous friend is working to raise money to help the family.

Macklyn was killed after the car her mother was driving crashed Sunday night.

Family friend and country singer Casi Joy is trying to help lessen some of the burdens. The singer posted photos on her Facebook page earlier this week memorializing the little girl who used to sing along at her shows.

Macklyn’s mother, Samantha Jones, was driving about 9:30 p.m. Sunday after she admits she’d been drinking, court records state.

The minivan she was driving went off the road and crashed into an electrical pole. It all happened at the intersection of Skinner Lake Road and Highway E in rural Platte County about 20 minutes from Smithville.

According to court records, Jones can be heard saying, “My baby is my world. I don’t care if I go to jail, I just want my baby to be OK.”

Jones was booked into jail Sunday night and charged with a DWI after a breath test showed her blood alcohol level was .186. She posted $5,000 in bond and is now awaiting her next court date.

Macklyn was supposed to start kindergarten at Maple Elementary School at the end of the summer, just a few weeks away.

She had just turned 5 years old.

Her principal said she is already missed. "She was a happy girl," Principal Rena Hawkins said. “We are already seeing the impact. She had several friends in daycare and from the community, so we have several sad students.”

Counselors have been at the summer school program all week to help students as they remember their friend. Hawkins said they are coloring pictures for her or sitting down and talking through what they're feeling.

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