Cup of Joe: Silverton family turns tragedy into inspiration

In the latest ‘Cup of Joe,’ we get a unique look into what happens in the aftermath for a family involved in a fatal crash.

It’s not unusual to see a deadly car crash on the news. Unfortunately, it happens all too often.

But in the latest ‘Cup of Joe,’ we get a unique look into what happens in the aftermath of that crash.

The anger. The devastation. The pain. And as we found in Silverton, the recovery.

The Hoke family has owned a nursery in Silverton for 20 years. They’ve overseen the fragile growth in their greenhouses, and in their own house, raising daughters Abbie and Elizabeth.

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But on Sept. 22, life for the Hokes changed. Elizabeth had just graduated high school and was driving to school at Western Oregon in Monmouth. She never arrived. Police say a distracted driver crossed the center line and collided head-on with Elizabeth’s car.

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Parents Tony and Kristan had a feeling something was wrong when Elizabeth didn’t text and didn’t answer their calls. So they drove the route Elizabeth would have taken, and came upon the crash scene. They saw the flashing lights, walked around the barricades, and were told their daughter was dead.

People talk about the unimaginable pain of losing a child. The Hokes walk reporter Joe Donlon through their journey since the crash. How their business model changed into one of giving. And how their love of Elizabeth will now continue to bloom around the United States and even the world.

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