Ex-'Road Rules' Cast Member Killed In Crash
Michelle Parma, the former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader who graced the third season of "Road Rules," was killed Saturday afternoon in a three-vehicle collision. She was 27.
Parma was traveling from Dallas to Houston on Interstate 45 with her cousin Mandie Parma, 28, who was also killed in the crash. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin Hodges, 16, lost control of his vehicle and crossed the median, hitting the Parmas' Jeep head on. After the Parmas' vehicle was hit, it rotated and was struck by another northbound vehicle, a Kia driven by Barbara Kroll, 30.
Hodges and Kroll reported no serious injuries, while Michelle and Mandie Parma, who were both wearing seatbelts, died at the scene, according to the office of Judge John Kleimann, who pronounced them. Their bodies were taken to Cashner Funeral Home.
Parma appeared in the Europe cast of "Road Rules" in 1996. Along with her castmates Chris, Antoine, Patrice and Belou, she traveled Europe for 10 weeks by Winnebago, train and boat. She ran with the bulls in Spain, put together a fireworks show to celebrate Bastille Day in France and nursed two sick seals back to health and set them free in Amsterdam.
"Michelle had a spirit about her that just pulled you in," said Jonathan Murray and Mary-Ellis Bunim, creators and executive producers of "Road Rules." "She was one of the nicest, most genuine people to ever be on one of our reality shows. We will all miss her terribly."
After "Road Rules," Parma, who had studied drama and communications at the University of North Texas, moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. She later moved back to Texas to become a flight attendant for Southwest. Parma most recently appeared on the Road Rules "Extreme Challenge" last year.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Unity Church of Dallas. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations be made to the United Network for Organ Sharing: 1100 Boulders Parkway, Suite 500, Box 13770, Richmond, VA 23225-8770. Remembrances can be sent to the family in care of Bunim/Murray Productions, Box 10421, Van Nuys, CA 91410.
[This story was updated on 10.22.02 at 3:20 p.m. ET.]