On May 1, 1998, Amanda Hunt turned 17. "We were going to do something that weekend to celebrate," said her mother, Becky King.
They never got the chance.
On May 6, the Roane County teen-ager went for a ride on the back of an ATV. The 18-year-old driver lost control and ran off the road. "They went over a 100-foot embankment airborne," her mother said. "She catapulted 95 feet. It took the paramedics an hour and a half to find her."
She wasn't wearing a helmet. The wreck knocked her unconscious. After seven days on life support, she died of massive head injuries. "She never came to," her mother said. "She died peacefully."
Family members called her "Lulu." She was a student at Calhoun County High School. She wanted to be a nurse's aide "so she could take care of her grandma," her mother said. "Her grandma died 19 days after she did."
Becky King describes her daughter as spirited and fun loving, a prankster. Occasionally, she did something outlandish, like polishing her fingernails black. "But she wasn't into makeup. She had a natural look. She was just herself."