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Victim's family calls boating death an accident

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) --Investigators are not releasing much information about a fatal boating accident on the Hiwassee River, Wednesday night. 

The medical examiner says Misty Thompson died from blunt head trauma but at this point, there's nothing to suggest it was foul play.

Her brother says Thompson's death was accidental and the man she was with, should not be blamed.

"She's going to be missed. Everyone that knew her loved her," says Shane Rymer.

Rymer will remember his sister as a good mom, a selfless person with a love for the outdoors.

"She loved being on the boat, she loved the river," says Rymer.

32-year-old Misty Rymer Thompson died Wednesday, when the boat she was on hit a concrete pillar.

The man driving the boat, Deontae Davis, was not injured.

"He reached down to pick up a cell phone and that's the moment they hit it," says Rymer.

Rymer says the two had been friends since childhood. While Davis does have a criminal past, Rymer is sure his sister's death was accidental.

"I don't Want people to misconstrue anything about my sister or Tez," says Rymer. "He loved her very much and I know he'd never hurt her. Unfortunately this is just a freak accident."

The TWRA interviewed Davis, and is now waiting on toxicology results before determining if charges could be filed.

Meanwhile, Thompson's family works to find homes for her four dogs and waits for answers.

Those who knew her best, have posted pictures on Facebook remembering the woman, who friends say never met a stranger and cared for friends like family.

"All that brother, brother, sister, sister, yah know, it was just me and her, but her friends were like family," says Rymer.

A month before her death, Misty Thompson's home burned. She lost most of what she owned.

Her friends and family have set up a fund at Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, to help pay for funeral expenses, and support her two sons. You can donate at any branch to the Misty Rymer Thompson Fund.

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