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Apex Teen Dies When Family's Truck Overturns

Posted June 23, 2007
Updated June 25, 2007

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— A 14-year-old Apex boy died Saturday afternoon when the truck in which he and his family were traveling in overturned on I-95 South near Fayetteville.

Kyle Byrd was wearing his seat belt, but was partially ejected when his family’s 2003 Ford pick-up truck went out of control, according to Highway Patrol.

Kyle’s family was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. They include his father, James Byrd Jr., a 16-year veteran deputy with the Wake County Sheriff's Office; his mother, Karen Byrd, and his 9-year-old sister, Krista Byrd.

The family was hauling a camper behind their truck. James Byrd Jr. was driving when a tractor-trailer passed them and created a wind disturbance that caused the Byrd’s camper to fishtail, officials said.

Byrd lost control of the truck and veered to the right. The truck then detached from the camper and overturned, officials said. The truck came to rest on the shoulder, and the camper was partially in the road.

The Byrds were the North Carolina Jaycees Family of the Year in 2005, and Karen Byrd is in charge of the program for selecting the 2007 recipient.

The Byrds were going on vacation when the accident happened.

Authorities said no charges will be filed.


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