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Parents 'helpless' as daughter recovers from serious wreck

Posted October 1, 2014

— It wasn’t until Bryan and Veronica Kirby arrived at WakeMed Monday morning that they realized the seriousness of their daughter’s injuries.

“When it's your own child, you're helpless, there's nothing you can do but stand there and pray,” Bryan Kirby said.

Their daughter, Skyla, was seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash on Capital Boulevard in Wake Forest.

The 1997 Saab carrying Skyla and three other students from Heritage High School was making a left turn into a shopping center when it was hit by a Honda driven by a Wake Forest High School student.

The group was on their way to school from Bible study at their church.

The Saab's driver, Faith Rock, 17, was cited for failure to yield. Her 15-year-old brother, Braden, was killed.

Skyla Kirby and Katie Williams, both 16, were sitting in the back of the Saab. 

Williams was last listed in fair condition at WakeMed. Skyla's injuries include broken ribs, a broken femur and her pelvic bone is broken in several places.

“So many people have been praying for us, telling us that they have been praying for us,” Veronica Kirby said. “I’m just taking strength from that right now.”

The accident revived an unfortunate memory for Veronica Kirby – her brother was killed in a similar accident when he was 16.

For now, Bryan and Veronica Kirby are focused on their daughter’s recovery.

“She's got a long road. Four to six months, physical therapy, learning how to walk again,” Bryan Kirby said. “A long road but she'll fully recover, physically.”

Veronica Kirby’s sister has created a fund for the families affected by the accident.


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  • 678devilish Oct 2, 2014

    Faith Rock, 17, was cited for failure to yield. Her 15-year-old brother, Braden, was killed.

    Tragedy in inself. When are parents going to realize that their teenager do not have the experience yet to be behind the wheel. Why not ride with them until you know how they drive etc. It will not kill you to do so.

  • Narn Oct 2, 2014

    Praying for all involved. Anyone, young or old can make a tragic mistake but should new drivers especially teenagers have a car full of other teenagers? Even experienced drivers get distracted by their own passengers at times. One more thing; the sentence "The group was on their way to school from BIBLE STUDY" ? Didn't know there were bible studies at 6:00 am during the week. High Schools start at 7:18am. Seems odd but maybe there are churches that do this?

  • AWakeMom Oct 2, 2014

    To the family - prayers for strength and healing.

    JBRDBR111X - you won't see a 14 year old driving anywhere. And you'll only see a 15 year old driving with an adult. In NC you can only get your license when you're 16. Are teens old enough at this age to be driving? Some are and some aren't. Raising the age won't work. Older folks get into accidents all the time, they just aren't (as) newsworthy.

  • Fanny Chmelar Oct 2, 2014
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    Sad story. I see people of all ages causing wrecks and getting killed. The family needs compassion, not pointless political grandstanding about laws.

  • Sad Fam Oct 2, 2014
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    They really need to raise the driving age to a minimum of 18 if not older. I see 14 and 15 year olds driving all the time causing wrecks and getting killed. They are not mentally mature enough to drive at these ages.

  • luvstoQ Oct 2, 2014

    So sorry - can't imagine the agony you are going through right now and the helpless feeling of seeing your little girl hurt and not being able to 'fix' it.

  • Barbara Sossomon Oct 2, 2014
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    Prayers for all these families. It cannot be easy for any of them.