RAINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Kymber McBride’s mother is speaking out and doing what she can to make sure a another family doesn’t lose a child on the road where she lost her daughter.
Kymber McBride and Jordan Hooper, both students at Section High School, were driving on a stretch of Carter Street in Rainsville in late August when Hooper lost control of his truck. Hooper died on the scene and McBride was taken to an area hospital, where she later passed away.
In the weeks after the accident McBride’s mother Gina Eason-Greene has been dealing with the grief of losing her 14-year-old daughter, while doing everything she can to make sure someone else doesn’t because of that road.
Those who live near Carter Street say they know how dangerous it can be. It’s full of steep hills and it lacks warning signs. At the bottom of the hill is a memorial to the teens’ lives. Now, at the top of the hill, is a brand new, bright yellow sign.
To most motorists, that sign is a warning for the road ahead.
To Eason-Greene, it’s a small step in the right direction. She’s been talking with the Rainsville city officials about making the road safer. She would like to see it leveled out, more signs put in, and a lowered speed limit. “It’s not worth another life. It’s not,” Eason-Greene says.
Rainsville officials tell WHNT News 19 they don’t have the money in the city’s budget to do it. They say that new sign and the one identical to it on the other side of the hill is about the extent of what they can do right now. Officials did tell us there’s a possibility funds could be allocated for those changes in next year’s budget.
Eason-Greene is trying to raise money to help the city fix the road, although it’s a fix city leaders say will cost thousands. “You tell me we can’t raise the money, yes we can. I know in my heart we can,” Eason-Greene says.
She says she’s still Kymber’s mom and she says she’s going to fight like a mom should. “To tell a mama it’s not going to happen makes her try even harder,” she says.
Eason-Greene says she’s doing everything from petitioning neighbors to finding a bank to host a memorial fund for donations to fix the road.
For Kymber’s mom, it’s work that’s the result of a tragedy, and she says it’s a tragedy that can be prevented. “It can stop. It can get better. We don’t have to lose anymore lives.”