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ONLY ON 3: Family of 22-year-old woman, hit and killed on APD 40 speaks out

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - Friends and family are mourning the loss of Bethany Scheffler, of Cleveland who was just a week away from her 23rd birthday. Police say she was struck by a car while walking on APD 40, she died a short time later with family members by her side, Saturday. 

Scheffler's family is leaning on the community for support. They say she was confused when she crossed the busy highway, and was hit. Her family hopes Bethany's story will help others, who deal with the same illness.

"It's like I've lost half of my heart is gone from losing her," said April Harmon, Bethany's sister. " I can't explain it I love her and miss her dearly ...we all do."

Bethany Scheffler loved making others smile. She loved horses and had big dreams of going to school to become a veterinarian.

"I want everybody to know she was a lovable person, she was so good she would give you the shirt off of her back," said Harmon.

Harmon tells Channel 3, her sister Bethany was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder at age 5 and that walking helped her deal with anxiety.

Harmon believes her sister was confused Saturday night and went walking, trying to find their homeless dad. Family members say she had recently stopped taking her medication because she couldn't afford it. Family went looking for Bethany Saturday when she didn't come home. They spotted her on APD 40 and called out to her. They say that's when Bethany crossed the busy roadway. One car swerved barely missing her, Bethany was immediately struck afterwards by an SUV. Several drivers stopped to help, but it was too late.

"It was a tragic accident we do not blame the driver," said Harmon.

A tragic accident, that Bethany's family hopes no other family ever has to experience. They would like to see that section of APD 40 near Lee Highway Intersection become more "pedestrian friendly."

"I want to help others before they have to experience what we're experiencing and if anybody knows how to they can contact me and help me because I want to do this is memory of her and help others prevent another tragedy from happening," said Harmon.

No charges have been filed against the driver who hit Bethany. Her family tells us it was unavoidable.

Friends and family are welcoming anyone to Bethany's visitation this Friday May 22 from 11a.m.- 8 p.m. and in the morning of May 23 before the service at Cornerstone Church of God in Cleveland. Bethany will be laid to rest, Saturday May 23. Family members say with her sudden death, they are struggling financially to pay for the burial. Donation can be made to the funeral home.

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