Kirsty Alley, the driver who killed her mother in a car crash in 1981, deserves ‘peace’

The woman who killed Kirsty Alley’s mother in a 1981 alcohol-fueled crash in Kansas wants “nothing but peace” for the late “Cheers” star, who died Monday at age 71 after a short battle with colon cancer.

“I send him nothing but prayers for peace and for his family,” Cherry White, 68, told The Post in an exclusive text message, declining to comment further.

The Post also reached out to a representative for Alley for comment.

White, also known as Cherry Glymph, was 27 at the time when she collided with a car driven by Alley’s father, Robert. online memory.

Lillian Alley, 58, was thrown from her car in a crash on Interstate 135 in the Wichita area on October 23, 1981. At the time, 57-year-old Robert was taken to a local hospital with chest injuries. Robert, the owner of a lumber company, survived the crash and died in 2007. an online obituary said.

Lillian Alley was born on October 7, 1923 in Nebraska.
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Lillian Alley died in a car accident on October 23, 1981. She worked as a salesperson at Village Square Clothing Store.
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White — who has since moved to Arlington, Texas — This was reported by the National Enquirer In 2011, he “shouldn’t have been driving that night.”

“I had a lot on my mind and I was drunk,” White told the newspaper, which published a photo of him standing next to a gravestone on Lillian Avenue at Elmwood Cemetery in Augusta, Kansas.

“I was going through a divorce. I stopped at a local club to eat and have a few drinks,” he recalls.

According to the News and the Enquirer, White and Alleys were trying to avoid a separate crash when White hit the back of Alleys’ car.

“I blacked out and when I came to I saw a woman’s body covered with a sheet on the side of the road. Then I saw paramedics working on a man. I was later told that the female passenger had died and the male driver had been taken to the hospital in critical condition,” Lillian Alley, nicknamed ‘Mickey’, recalled to the Enquirer.

“But I never knew the name of the woman I killed. Authorities never gave me the names of the victims because the driver was still in the hospital and they could not release his name. “For 30 years, I carried the burden of not knowing who I killed.”

According to the Enquirer, White pleaded guilty to a charge of vehicular homicide. He spent about six months behind bars before serving a one-year sentence in an alcohol rehab center and a halfway house, the publication reported.

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Lillian Alley’s grave is in Elmwood Cemetery in Augusta, Kansas.
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Cherrie White, who killed Kirsty Alley's mother in a car accident
Cherry White is now 68 years old and lives in Arlington, Texas.
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Kirsty Alley claimed in a tweet last year White served only three months in prison.

White was interested The two-time Emmy winner apologized, but she refused to see White. He also told the Enquirer that while in rehab, he wrote a heartbreaking letter to crash survivor Robert Alley, whose name he did not know at the time.

“The letter was never mailed, but it said I apologized for what I had done,” White said.

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Kirsty Alley died on Monday aged 71 from colon cancer.
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Alley recalled her mother’s tragic death and their difficult relationship, which they shared in interviews with the press, on social media and in her 2005 memoir, “How to Lose Your Ass and Rebuild Your Life: The Reluctant Confessions of a Big-Butt Star.”

“We were very different. But I understand it. She was raising three children on her own with no help,” Alley told Liz Smith in a 1998 Good Housekeeping article.

“And I don’t think my mother wanted to sit at home without work. He had no character. “I think in the long run it was a disadvantage for him and for us.”

Alley had just finished her fourth audition for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan when she got a call from her sister, Collette, about Friday night’s crash. He headed home to Kansas, only to hear from Paramount the next day that the studio wanted to see him that Monday. According to a 1982 People magazine story.

Lillian Alley’s funeral was scheduled for Tuesday at Zion United Methodist Church in Wichita — so Alley told her agent, “No,” because her siblings tried to change her mind.

He told People to call his agent and say, “You call Paramount and tell them my mom is dead, my dad is dying. And if they want to see me, I’ll see them on Wednesday.” raman

He then added: “Don’t sugar coat around. This is the biggest tragedy of my life. “But if I get Star Trek, that will be my happiest day.”

He went on to star in the lead role of Lt. Saavik—reportedly due to eye drops to mask his grief—in Hurr, Look Who’s Talking (as well as its two sequels) and Veronica’s Closet. before.

After his death this week, he was mourned by several of his colleagues and many fans.


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