Ricky Hendrick (full name Joseph Riddick Hendrick IV) was a famous NASCAR driver killed in a plane crash in 2004 at the age of 24. His widow, of sorts, was Emily Maynard. Hendrick and Maynard were not married when he was killed, but they had been together four years and were engaged at the time.
In another tragic twist to the story, Emily found out a week later that she was pregnant. She gave birth to their daughter in June 2005, whom she named Josephine Riddick “Ricky” Hendrick. Emily is now looking for love on “The Bachelor” with Brad Womack.
Ten people were killed in the 2004 crash, including Ricky’s uncle John Hendrick and his two 22-year-old twin female cousins.
The Levine Children’s Hospital where Emily is an event planner was made possible through several large donations, including a $3 million donation from Rick and Linda Hendrick, Ricky’s parents. The pediatric ICU is called the Ricky Hendrick Centers for Intensive Care.