2 months after breaking back in plane crash, Hargrove to be crowned Homecoming queen

Katey Hargrove (from Facebook)
Katey Hargrove (from Facebook)

Just two months after being seriously injured in a plane crash in Alabama, Dickson County High School senior Katey Hargrove will be crowned 2014 Homecoming queen Friday night. DCHS students elected Hargrove to be queen earlier this month following her return to school. The 17-year-old daughter of Joyce Norman and Vince Hargrove, Katey suffered a broken back when her boyfriend’s family’s plane crashed July 31 in Alabama. Dan and Sharon Smith, son Andy and Hargrove were returning to Dickson from Panama City, Florida, when the plane developed engine trouble and crashed near Helena, Alabama, while trying to reach the Bessemer Airport. All four suffered numerous injuries including broken bones and were assisted by witnesses in getting away from the single-engine Cessna before it was engulfed in flames. Hargrove underwent surgery in Birmingham for a fractured vertebra in the days immediately after the wreck and managed to walk wearing a back brace with a walker in the days following. She was the first victim to be released from the hospital and returned to Dickson but was still unable to begin her senior year at DCHS for several weeks. Hargrove and her court will ride in the parade through Dickson starting at 1 pm Friday and then celebrate the coronation ceremony in Dickson County Stadium at 6:30 pm prior to the game between the Cougars and Wilson Central. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have not released the results of their investigation into the crash.