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Kick-A-Thon Held for Chase Crash Victims

Posted February 23, 2008 8:26 p.m. EST
Updated February 23, 2008 11:53 p.m. EST

— The local Martial Arts community remembered Maggie and Lindsay Lunsford on Saturday. The sisters were killed in a car crash Dec. 1 on U.S. Highway 15. 

Instructors and students at area Martial Arts schools held a Kick-A-Thon to raise money for the Lunsford Family. Maggie was a karate student at the Oxford Martial Arts school.

“No family is prepared to lay to rest two of their children. So, we want them to know that the Martial Arts community, that Maggie was a part of, is still fully in support of her family,” instructor Jason Ladd said.

Five Triangle area Martial Arts schools took part in the Kick-A-Thon.

Students pledged to do a certain number of kicks for every dollar raised. The fund-raiser brought in over $3,000.

The Lunsford sisters died when their car was slammed into by a vehicle driven by Guy Christopher Ayscue. Ayscue was being chased by Franklinton Police Officer Michael Dunlap.

Authorities determined that the chase reached speeds of 90 mph, violating the Franklinton Police Department's policy that pursuits shouldn't exceed 20 mph above the posted speed limit.

Franklinton Police Chief Ray Gilliam said Dunlap clearly violated department policy, but no disciplinary action has been taken against the officer, pending the results of an internal investigation of the incident.

Dunlap has since returned to his patrol.