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Girl, 3, killed in Creedmoor wreck

Posted November 5, 2010
Updated November 6, 2010

— The 3-year-old daughter of an assistant Granville County district attorney died in a wreck Friday morning, according to close family friends and the district attorney's office.

State troopers did not identify the victims of the wreck on Brassfield Road, near Lawrence Road, east of Creedmoor around 7:15 a.m.

However, family friends and Granville District Attorney Sam Currin said that the wreck killed Kamryn Gardner, the daughter of Assistant District Attorney Tasha Clay-Gardner.

Her husband was also hospitalized after the wreck, Currin said. An update on his condition wasn't available.

Young girl killed in Granville County wreck Young girl killed in Granville County wreck

Troopers said that a father and his young daughter were in a westbound car that was struck by a deer along Brassfield Road. The man lost control of the vehicle, which ran off the road and overturned into a swampy area.

Passersby told WRAL News that they rushed to help the victims, but the girl was trapped in her car seat.

"I can't imagine, as a parent and as a grandparent, losing a child," Granville attorney John Pike said Friday.

Pike has known Clay-Gardner for about five years and said they would often share stories about their families.

"She has a clock that her husband and baby gave her for Christmas. It has a beautiful child embedded in the clock. That's all I could think about is that beautiful child and the grief she must be feeling," Pike said.

Authorities said October through December are the most dangerous months for deer and drivers. During that time, deer mate and are  typically are on the move. 

Experts say drivers should watch out for wooded areas and drive slowly. If one deer is around, there are also probably more in the area.


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  • wwwlovemonkey80 Nov 10, 2010

    wow i ride pass there every day on my way to school i saw the car that morning and every time i go pass there i feel like i want to cry my aunt knew the little girls mom she helped my aunt when she had to go to court im sorry for there loss and we were all sad about the little girl my school was so sad i could not thinking about that little girl all day Friday when i heard the news about her i cried little i don't know what

  • anne53ozzy Nov 8, 2010

    The area approaching this bridge should have guard rails installed. The road is narrow, shoulders are inadequate and there is a significant slope leading to the water. Although the deer was a factor, the condition of the roadway is, in my opinion, the one that can be fixed. I am so saddened by this tragedy for the family and loved ones of this baby. I hope we do not have to read about yet another loss on this road due to a problem that the DOT should be able to help prevent.

  • bmg379 Nov 8, 2010

    if you watch the video,that truck is flying down the road.I drove on some back roads to that area and just like on purnell road near falls lake people will almost run you over if you try to drive and be cautious of the curvy road and possible deer.

  • gnewsome1 Nov 5, 2010

    What a tragedy. Praying for all concerned.

  • sthiggs Nov 5, 2010

    I live in Granville County, every day I worry about the deer. I had one jump in front of me on my gravel road, it cleared a metal cattle fence from the middle of the road like nothing. Drivers at night love to "tail" anyone not going 55, you can't see. I try not to drive at night and am cautious during the day.

    When I was driving home today I saw news trucks coming from Creedmoor, I knew something bad had to have happened. Wasn't expecting this news though. My heart breaks for this family.

  • Adelinthe Nov 5, 2010

    Praying for the family.

    Terrible thing to happen.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Nov 5, 2010

    MrGup - "LOOK. The DEER were NOT here first near Granville/Wake/Franklin Counties!!! People were! They were VERY rare prior to WWII. My grandfather was a farmer and was 20 years old before he saw his first deer in NC! BELIEVE IT!!!"

    I'm going back wayyy before WWII.

    The Ancients and the Native Americans indigenous to NC thrived on them.


    God bless.


  • Bartmeister Nov 5, 2010

    Man................that's so sad to hear.

  • CrewMax Nov 5, 2010

    My sympathy and prayers for the family and their loving friends.

  • nogade Nov 5, 2010

    Prayers go out to the family. I also don't think the title of the story should read as it is written. The little girl wasn't killed in the creek, she was killed in the wreck, the wreck ultimately ended in the creek. They said "Her husband was hospitalized after the wreck", glad he wasn't hospitalized before the wreck! Should possibly read "The assistant DA's husband was hospitalized".
    The deer struck the car? Must have been some kind of deer, but it is better to try not to hit a deer but it's also better to hit a deer than a tree or another vehicle.