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Prayer vigil set for 6-year-old accident victim

EA18G

Posted 3:14 am, 02/06/2014

Latest News Article I have noticed:

http://www.shelbystar.com/n...h-1.270376

By Jessica Pickens

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 18:54 PM.

A 5-year-old girl remains hospitalized in critical condition after a wreck earlier this week, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Now, members of a Cleveland County community and the girl's hometown community are showing their support for her and her family.

The crash

The Bray family, of Hamptonville, a town about two hours northeast of Cleveland County, was traveling west on N.C. 150 near Boiling Springs on Sunday morning when the crash happened, according to Trooper B.C. Sanders. A vehicle was waiting for a blue van to pass before turning left onto Patrick Avenue.

"The father, Joel Bray, was driving and I believe he took his eyes off the road for a minute. When he looked up, he saw the vehicle stopped in the roadway," Sanders said. "Bray went to the left to avoid the car."

When Bray went left, he hit the back left of the stopped vehicle with the front right of his car, Sanders said, and the Brays' car spun and hit the left front side of the van.

The crash, which happened about 10 a.m., involved three cars and a total of 10 people, Sanders said.

Community support

The passengers in the van did not suffer life-threatening injuries, Sanders said. But Joel Bray suffered broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung, and his wife Sherri suffered a broken arm. Five-year-old Kira Bray fractured her neck, broke her pelvis and broke her femur, Sanders said.

Tracie Calhoun, of Shelby, said she was heading to church at Crestview Baptist Church on Sunday morning with her family. They stopped when they saw the crash.

"My husband and I were one of the first cars on the scene after it happened," Calhoun said. "We were trying to make sure everyone was OK. An ICU nurse showed up and started administering CPR to Kira."

Members of Crestview Baptist have been concerned about the Bray family since the wreck, Calhoun said. She said Crestview members have been praying for the family. A fund has also been set up with the State Employees Credit Union for donations for the Bray family. For more information about donating to the Bray family or raffle items for the prayer vigil, contact Stephanie Holbrook at 336-452-9320.

Members of Kira's community plan to hold a candlelight vigil near her hometown Saturday at Friendship Motor Speedway in Elkin.

yadkinrunaway

Posted 2:31 pm, 02/04/2014

The family has requested that there be no updates on social media as to their conditions, so I am sure they would appreciate it not being on here, either. I do know that they need all the prayers that they can get.

EA18G

Posted 3:32 pm, 01/29/2014

underdog2, I agree with you, but I have not seen that specific information published in the news. I have

heard various rumors, but I personally do not think it would be fair to the family to post miscellaneous rumors.

underdog2

Posted 7:32 am, 01/29/2014

It would be more fourth coming if you were to give the details of the accident and the extent of injuries.

EA18G

Posted 2:13 am, 01/29/2014

JONESVILLE Students at Jonesville Elementary School wore pink on Tuesday to honor their classmate, Kira Bray, who was seriously injured in a car accident over the weekend.

An accident report was unavailable at press time, but Jonesville Principal Kelly Byrd-Johnson confirmed that the family was in an accident near Boiling Springs.

Kira, daughter of Joel and Sherry Bray, is in kindergarten at Jonesville Elementary. Her classmates also worked on a banner and wrote messages on hearts in her favorite colors, purple and pink.

Stephanie Holbrook, a friend of the family, has helped to organize a prayer vigil at Friendship Motor Speedway on Saturday. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the candlelight vigil will begin at dusk. Donations will be accepted for Joel and Sherry through a trust account at State Employees Credit Union.

Holbrook said that Joel, who races at Friendship, and Sherry are asking that the community continue to pray for Kira.

For more information about donating to the Bray family or raffle items for the prayer vigil, contact Stephanie Holbrook at 336-452-9320.

Kitsey Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @ripplereporterk.

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