CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The families of two young people killed in a wreck over the weekend are sharing new details about their loved ones.
State Police say 21-year-old Brandon Riddick was driving on Route 58 in Chesapeake when the car he was driving ran off the road and hit a tree. Both he and his passenger, 18-year-old Kendra Fitchett died.
All lanes on US-58/13/460 were temporarily closed as well as exit 13A on I-664 South following the accident.
Family members say Riddick and Fitchett were friends and they loved each other.
10 On Your Side learned Monday that Fitchett had recently graduated from Indian River High School with honors.
The two had just left church Sunday afternoon before the accident.
Patricia Fitchett Baker, Fitchett’s grandmother, told 10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings, “Kendra was a beautiful girl. She was well-loved by everybody. She just had a beautiful, loving personality. She was smart. She was vibrant. She was just beginning her life. We were looking forward to a bright future for her.”
Baker spoke to a trooper on Sunday after the wreck. “The officer did tell me — I guess they have their ways — she didn’t suffer. I assume she must have died on impact,” she said.
Riddick was a 2011 Oscar Smith High School football star, musician and United States Army veteran.
Anita Tatum, Riddick’s mother, said, “She loved him. He loved her. You weren’t going to separate them no matter how you tried.”
Police say Riddick and Fitchett were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash and alcohol was not a factor.
Tatum said she knew something was wrong before she got the news from State Police. “I had been trying to reach him on Facebook. I just wanted to see him before I left to go back home,” she said. “Something in my spirit just wouldn’t settle.”
Of the tragedy, Tatum told Cummings, “This feels like a dream. I cant wait to wake up from it because it just don’t feel right.”
While the families may never know why the wreck happened, they are leaning on family and friends and relying on their faith in God to help handle the tough times.
“I’m confident to know that she’s in the arms of the Lord and her faith was strong,” Baker said.
“He just believed what’s meant to be, what God allows is what God allows,” Tatum said.
Riddick’s family says they are planning a candlelight vigil, but the date and time have not yet been set.