Family, friends gather for birthday party for girl killed in drunk driving crash
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Macklyn Lucas

By Megan Dillard, WDAF

SMITHVILLE, Mo. (WDAF) -- Dozens of people went to a birthday celebration Thursday night in Smithville, but the birthday girl wasn’t there.

Macklyn Lucas would’ve turned 6 years old Thursday. The friends, the food, the décor -- it was all there at Heritage Park. It’s the guest of honor who sadly wasn’t.

Her mom, Samantha Jones, was driving one night last summer in Platte County when she crashed into an electric pole. She told investigators she’d been drinking wine that evening.

Macklyn was hurt in the wreck and died three days later at a hospital.

“We love Macklin, celebrated a lot of birthdays with her, and we miss her and want her family to know that we remember and care," Kimberlea Dupuis said. "It's tough."

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