RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A Randolph County family is planning a funeral for their 4-year-old little girl after she was killed following a tragic vehicle accident Thursday night.
The wreck happened around 7:30 p.m. at Bethany Church Road and Bull Run Creek Road.
Highway Patrol Trooper Greg Ingram says 21-year-old Victoria Handy was driving a Hyundai south on Bull Run Creek Rd. Trooper Ingram says it appears Handy failed to stop at a stop sign when making a left turn onto Bethany Church Rd., and collided with an Oldsmobile truck.
Christina Barefoot and her three children were in the truck traveling west on Bethany Church Road.
Preliminary reports indicate the truck went off the road and the Hyundai spun out and lodged into the side of the Oldsmobile, Ingram said.
Following the crash, Barefoot managed to get one of her sons and her daughter, Aurora, out of the truck. She turned to get her third child from the vehicle when tragedy struck.
Ingram said Handy had stepped out of her car but the vehicle remained not in “parked” gear.
Suddenly, the Hyundai starting moving, hitting and killing 4-year-old Aurora Barefoot on the side of the road.
Trooper Ingram said the Hyundai was empty when the child was struck. Both cars caught on fire.
No charges have been filed in the case yet.
Barefoot tells FOX8 she’s not angry with Handy. “When she realized what happened, she collapsed on the side of the road the same as I did. We were both screaming and hysterical. It was just a horrible, horrible accident,” she added.
“We’re just devastated. I just can’t believe this happened,” Barefoot said while looking at flowers left on the side of the road in her daughter’s honor. “She was my little girl. My only little girl.”
“She liked to be called Princess Aurora,” added Barefoot’s fiance, Steven Bunting, who says he was like a father to Aurora. “She used to dress up, and put on her crown and high heels. She loved getting her nails done with her mama,” he said through tears.
Bunting was riding his motorcycle ahead of Barefoot and the three children in the truck at the time of the crash. He says they’d just left a science event at their son’s school. They were only a few minutes from home when he realized the truck was no longer behind him.
He immediately backtracked, wondering where his family went.
“By that time the car was fully in flames. Our truck had already caught on fire. I ran up in between both cars. I tried pulling Aurora out, I tried finding her, but I couldn’t. It was so hot,” Bunting said, crying.
“I can’t believe we lost so much in one day,” Bunting said repeatedly, shaking his head.
The truck was the family’s only means of transportation besides Bunting’s motorcycle. Now friends and family members are helping drive them around, as they plan their daughter’s funeral.
A memorial service is set for 4-year-old Aurora Leigh Barefoot with Lambeth and Troxler Funeral Home in Greensboro from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday, March 3.