Kirstie Alley deserves “peace,” says the driver who killed her mother in a 1981 car crash

The woman who killed Kirstie Alley’s mother in a drunk car crash in Kansas in 1981 wants “nothing but peace” for the late “Cheers” star, who died Monday at the age of 71 after a brief battle with colon cancer.

“I’m sending her nothing but peace and prayers for her family,” Cherrie White, 68, said in an exclusive text message to The Post, while declining to comment further.

The Post has also reached out to an Alley representative for comment.

White, then named Cherrie Glymph, was 27 when she collided with a car being driven by Alley’s father Robert, according to news reports shared as part of an online reminder.

Lillian Alley, 58, was thrown from the vehicle in the October 23, 1981 accident on Interstate 135 in the Wichita area. Robert, then 57, was taken to a local hospital with chest injuries. A logging company owner, Robert, survived the crash and died in 2007, according to an online obituary.

Lillian Alley as a young woman
Lillian Alley was born on October 7, 1923 in Nebraska.
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Lillian Alley before her death
Lillian Alley died in a car accident on October 23, 1981. She was a clerk at the Village Square Dress Shop.
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White — who has since moved to Arlington, Texas — told the National Enquirer in 2011 that she “shouldn’t have driven that night.”

“I had a lot of things on my mind and I was drunk,” White told the newspaper, which published a photo of her standing next to the headstone for Lillian Alley at Elmwood Cemetery in Augusta, Kansas.

“I was in the process of getting a divorce. I came to a local club for a bite to eat and I had a few drinks,” she recalled.

According to a news report and the Enquirer, White and the Alleys were trying to avoid another car crash when White crashed into the back of the Alleys’ car.

“I passed out and when I came to, I saw the body of a woman on the side of the road covered with a sheet. Then I saw paramedics working on a man. I was later told the female passenger had died and the male driver was taken to hospital in critical condition,” White recalled to The Enquirer from Lillian Alley, whose nickname was “Mickie.”

“But I never found out the name of the woman I killed. The authorities never told me the names of the victims because the driver was still in the hospital and they couldn’t release his name. For 30 years I have carried the burden of not knowing who I killed.”

According to the Enquirer, White pleaded guilty to one charge of vehicular murder. She spent about six months behind bars before serving the remainder of her year-long sentence at an alcohol rehabilitation center and transitional home, the outlet reported.

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Lillian Alley’s grave is in Elmwood Cemetery in Augusta, Kansas.
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Cherrie White, who killed Kirstie Alley's mother in a car accident
Cherrie White is now 68 and lives in Arlington, Texas.
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Kirstie Alley allegedly in a tweet last year that White spent only three months in prison.

White had expressed an interest in apologizing to the two-time Emmy winner, but she reportedly refused to see White. She also told the Enquirer that while she was in rehab, she wrote a somber note to crash survivor Robert Alley, whose name she reportedly didn’t know at the time.

“The letter was never sent, but I asked for forgiveness for what I had done,” White said.

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Kirstie Alley died of colon cancer on Monday at the age of 71.
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Alley recalled her mother’s tragic death and the troubled relationship they shared in press interviews, on social media, and in her 2005 memoir How To Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life: Reluctant Confessions of a Big-Butted Star .

“We were very different. But I get that. She raised three kids on her own with no help,” Alley told Liz Smith in a 1998 issue of Good Housekeeping.

“And I don’t think my mother was cut out to stay at home and not work. She didn’t have the temper. And I think probably in the long run that was a disadvantage for them and for us.”

Alley had completed her fourth audition for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan when she received a call from her sister Collette about Friday night’s crash. She drove home to Kansas, only to get word from Paramount the next day that the studio wanted to see her this Monday, according to a 1982 People magazine story.

Lillian Alley’s funeral was scheduled for Tuesday at the Zion United Methodist Church in Wichita — so Alley reportedly said to her agent, “No way,” as her siblings tried to change her mind.

She told People she called her agent and said, “They call Paramount and tell them my mother is dead and my father is dying. And if they want to see me, I’ll see them on Wednesday.”

Then she added: “Don’t make candy. This is the greatest tragedy of my life. But if I get Star Trek, that will be my happiest day.”

She got the breakout role of Lt. Saavik – reportedly thanks to eye drops to hide her grief – before starring in Cheers, Look Who’s Talking (plus its two sequels) and Veronica’s Closet.

She was mourned in the wake of her death by several co-stars and many of her fans this week. Kirstie Alley deserves “peace,” says the driver who killed her mother in a 1981 car crash


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