6-year-old killed in Sanford crash was 'shy but full of life'
Posted August 5
Updated August 6
Sanford, N.C. — A 6-year-old girl and her mother were killed after their car crashed into a pond Saturday afternoon in Sanford.
Authorities said a vehicle driven by Jessica Kuk, 29, ran off the right side of Cedar Lane Road just before 2 p.m., overcorrected, veered past the median and overturned into a nearby pond. Her 6-year-old daughter, Kristina Smith, was riding in the car and died as a result of the crash.
Kuk died Sunday as a result of her injuries.
Speed was a factor in the crash, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
"Jessica was such a kindhearted person with a special love for God and her congregation," a family member said in a Go Fund Me post. "Kristina was shy but full of life and had a smile to light up the room." Troopers said charges were pending against Kuk prior to her death.
Jessica Kuk's great aunt Celia Rivera said she is devastated by the news.
"Jessica was a beautiful person, very lovely, She said. "(Kristina) was a little angel, beautiful girl."
"Well you have to believe in God and trust him," Rivera said.