Daughter remembers pregnant mother killed in crash

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — The 17-year-old daughter of a pregnant woman killed in a car crash earlier this month said her mother was expecting a girl.

The crash happened May 13 on Route 17 in Chesapeake, near the North Carolina border.

Rachel Reddick said the baby sister she never got to meet was going to be named Paris. Reddick’s mother, 38-year-old Diesha Williams, was expected to deliver her soon.

“We went shopping for her and everything, and that was another way we bonded, like for the baby, we picked out a lot of stuff … The baby shower was Sunday, the Sunday coming up, so we were planning for that,” Reddick said.

Just four days before the baby shower, Williams and her unborn baby died in the tragic crash. Police said a pickup truck was headed north on Route 17 at the intersection of Cornland Road. Officers said an SUV didn’t stop at the stop sign and clipped the back of the truck. According to police, the truck spun out and then the car Williams was riding in struck the SUV.

“I didn’t think it was real, like, I thought I was in a dream, and I didn’t know, like what to think,” Reddick said.

Reddick said her mother cared for her family, friends, and clients at her hair salon. She did Reddick’s hair for prom.

“She liked to make people feel good, like, some people would come in there looking kind of crazy, and she’d help them, like, look better and feel better about themselves,” Reddick said.

And if Reddick seems incredibly strong, it’s because of this:

“I know she wouldn’t want me to be sad, and you know, moping around. So, I just try to stay positive, think about all the good times, and yeah, that helps me get through the day … I just want to be as good of a person as she was and just care about people and do for others and just be a nice person, and yeah, I think she would like that,” Reddick said.

Reddick has a 14-year-old brother and a 19-year-old sister. She said her mother and the baby were buried together.

Everyone involved in the crash went to a local hospital. Police said the driver of the SUV was served a summons for failure to yield right of way. The accident remains under investigation.

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