MusicRow extends sincere condolences to Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman and her family on the passing of her brother-in-law Allen Schlapman. She shared this note with fans recently on her Facebook page:
Last Wednesday, Nov 21, my brother-in-law was killed by a drunk driver. He had come to Nashville from Virginia to visit us for Thanksgiving, which is our long-standing family tradition. He is married & has a 9 year old little girl. This is a part of life that one never imagines or plans for. It has been very difficult to accept. Allen Schlapman was an amazing father, husband, brother & son. We will miss him so much. I have been deeply touched by all your well-wishes & prayers. Thank you. God has proven himself faithful to us & has given us great peace amidst this horrible tragedy.
Allen Schlapman of Lynchburg, VA is survived by his wife Linda Witt Schlapman, and beloved daughter Rachel Allyn Schlapman. Born in Franklin, Ohio, June 19, 1967, he was a Fiscal Analyst with VDOT. He attended Blue Ridge Community Church and was a volunteer with Rush Homes. Funeral services were held Tues., Nov. 27 in Lynchburg. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Rush Lifetime Homes, P.O. Box 879, Lynchburg, VA 24505.
According to The Tennessean, Gregory Powers, 46 of Franklin, TN has been charged with vehicular homicide following the crash on Franklin Road after he crossed the center line and struck head-on the motorcycle Schlapman was driving. Powers was out on bond from previous DUI and vehicular assault charges from hitting an employee in the parking lot of The Pond bar on Hillsboro Road and fleeing the scene.
Franklin Police urge anyone who may have witnessed the crash that resulted in Schlapman’s death, or the events leading up to it, to call 615-794-2513.
As previously reported, Little Big Town postponed two concerts in California and cancelled an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno due to the death. The group’s Nov. 29 show at the Wiltern in Los Angeles will take place on Feb. 8, 2013. Little Big Town will also reschedule its Nov. 28 concert in Riverside, Calif. at a later date.
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