WENDELL, N.C. (WNCN) – A young mother died in a crash over the weekend in Wake County. North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers said 27-year-old Vaiden Kimball crashed head-on into another car on Ten-Ten road Saturday night.
Kimball’s family said she always loved children. She worked at a child care center. She was also in college studying psychology, but her most cherished role was being a mom. Her son is almost 2 years old.
“You couldn’t get them apart from each other,” said her aunt Jennifer Cossette. “She loved that boy with all her heart. That was her pride and joy.”
Cossette said Kimball and her little boy were at Kimball’s best friend’s house Saturday night when she left to run a quick errand.
“She left her phone, she left her wallet, hopped in the car to go down to the street (to) the local store to get ice cream. Typical Vaiden, who did that all the time,” Cossette said. “Just went in the store to get a milkshake, get some ice cream, and didn’t make it there.”
Troopers said her car crossed the center line on Ten-Ten Road near Johnson Pond Road and crashed head-on into another car. Kimball died. Investigators said she was not wearing a seatbelt.
“She always had her seatbelt on, so she was just in a hurry,” her aunt speculated. “How often do we do that? We do that. We do that all the time. I do it, but never again.”
The family is devastated but, through that grief, they are thankful Kimball’s son wasn’t with her in the car. Although his mom may not be by his side, her family will make sure she is always in his heart.
“We are just going to always talk about her, keep her memory alive as much as we can,” Cossette said. “She was a great mom. She loved him so, so much.”
They will also remind him, and everyone who loved Kimball, to keep one thing in mind: “Just wear your seatbelt, please,” Cossette pleaded.
Troopers have not released any information about who was in the other car involved in the crash but did say at least one person was taken to the hospital.
Visitation for Vaiden Kimball will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service & Crematory, 944 Old Knight Rd., Knightdale. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bethlehem Baptist Church at 8400 Poole Rd., Knightdale.
The family has set up an education fund for Kimball’s son. People can donate to the “Education Fund of Nathaniel Brady Barnes” at any SECU branch.
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