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6-year-old killed in Sanford crash was 'shy but full of life'

Posted August 5
Updated August 6

— 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.

6-year-old killed, mother injured when car crashes into Sanford pond

Speed was a factor in the crash, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Kristina Smith

"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.

6-year-old killed, mother injured when car crashes into Sanford pond

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.

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