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Wake teacher killed in Hyde County wreck

Posted October 30, 2008

— A memorial was held Thursday for a Wake County teacher who died in a wreck while on her way to a conference.

Imelda Corral-Mills, a fourth-grade teacher at Forestville Elementary School in Knightdale, was involved in a wreck in Hyde County on Monday and died, authorities said. No details of the incident were available Thursday.

Corral-Mills was headed to Ocracoke for a week of training sessions when the wreck occurred, authorities said.

The 28-year-old was pregnant with her first child, friends said.

On Thursday coworkers remembered Corral-Mills at a memorial service. Other Wake County teachers and principals volunteered at Forrestville so coworkers could attend the service.

"She always had a smile on her face," coworker Malinda Kramer said.

Marie Beltran described Corral-Mills as having "an inner peace to her – an inner glow."

Corral-Mills taught Lavern Battle's son.

"I know that I have a different child today because he knew her," Battle said.

Friends said Corral-Mills was rarely apart from her husband, Sam.

Counselors have been at th school all week to assistant faculty and students.


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  • Jh5230 Oct 30, 2008

    How terribly sad. My deepest condolences to her family.

  • 1Moms_View Oct 30, 2008

    Prayers being said for her coworkers and students, but most especially her husband. The man lost his wife and unborn child. Some of you should show respect instead of quibbling over what word WRAL uses.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 30, 2008

    The kids will get a good life lesson from this. Oddly enough, people have been dying for a very long time. Oddly enough generations of children have dealt with it.

  • Seeminglyopposed Oct 30, 2008

    Okay....so there is nothing to complain about so we think of a word "WRECK"..pray tell, why do we not become an editor for WRAL or better yet another critic?

  • RUsleeping Oct 30, 2008

    Oh no!! Those poor kids...this will be so awful for them.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 30, 2008

    I think teachers have the most important job in the world. This is a sad time. But, DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT, Death is not hard to explain to children...everything dies and they see that. What is hard to explain is the fantasy that people create around it and why someone who accepts a low-paying, altruistic job dies young.

  • rcrdngcountry Oct 30, 2008

    so sad. a life took so early.

  • Roland K. Oct 30, 2008

    I don't know, I guess my first impression of the word wreck seemed to minimize the gravity of the death...so the word car accident is more neutral a word. unless you assume there is a possibility this was a deliberate act on her part in the vehicle. A tiny tiny number of vehicular deaths are deliberate.
    just a matter of impressions.....still a sad a story.

  • amyrn Oct 30, 2008

    WRAL gets their news pictures from facebook?

  • KniftyKnitter Oct 30, 2008

    What a hard thing for her students to have to deal with. My prayers go out for the teacher, her family, friends, and students.