MOUNT PLEASANT -- Kim Miller had planned to sell his late daughter Nicole's car but decided to keep it because of the feelings it evoked after her tragic, accidental death at a concert.
While in the car, he caught himself laughing at memories of her problems with parallel parking. He turned on the car stereo and heard a CD of her favorite band, SOJA.
Nicole had met the band and hung out with them a few times. She was passionate about live music and often attended shows, he recalled.
In her memory, SOJA will play a benefit concert Friday night at a Charleston nightclub. A culinary scholarship at Trident Technical College will be established in her name. Town Council has proclaimed Friday Nicole F. Miller Day.
Miller said the holidays have been difficult without Nicole. The Christmas season was when father and daughter spent time together going shopping.
"Just having fun. The two of us. It just made it really hard the past few weeks," Miller said.
She was a bubbly, beautiful girl who loved life and studied culinary arts at Trident Tech while working as a restaurant hostess, he said.
Rose Doran, a junior at the University of South Carolina who also is from Mount Pleasant, was in a tent with Nicole, who was crushed by a truck as she slept July 17 while attending a music festival in West Virginia.
The women, including Yen Ton of Mount Pleasant, were sleeping about 8:30 a.m. when the accident happened. They had been up until about 3 a.m. for the festival entertainment, Doran said.
Doran said she has recovered from three pelvic fractures and a head wound that required 12 staples to close. She was on her side with weight from the truck pressing on her.
"I was completely under the truck. It was hard to breathe. It was horrible," she said.
Doran will attend the Friday benefit dinner and concert.
"It's exactly what Nicole would want. She was always the life of the party. She loved music," Doran said.
Ton could not be reached for comment Tuesday. She was not reported to have been seriously injured.
The trio of women had been pals at Wando High School. They were all 20 years old at the time of the accident.
They were at the All Good Music Festival, whose organizers deny responsibility for the accident that killed Miller and injured Doran near Masontown, W.Va., instead accusing a Virginia-based security provider of failing to do its job.
Attorneys for Miller and Ton sued more than a dozen defendants in September.
A virtually identical lawsuit was filed on Doran's behalf in October.
The accident happened when a man driving a pickup truck apparently lost control and it careened into their tent, officials said. It was not clear Tuesday whether the man was ever charged.