Teens killed in Rainsville crash remembered, one year later

RAINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  On a Friday last year at the end of August three teens were driving on a stretch of road in Rainsville, when the car veered off the road and crashed, killing two of the teens. A year later, friends and family are sharing their memories.

Orange police paint marking the road was cold hard evidence of an investigation. A guard rail covered in written memories was softer evidence of reality. It was on a Friday at the end of August one year ago when Kymber McBride and Jordan Hooper lost their lives in a car crash.

The section of Carter Street in Rainsville has changed some since then. The guard rail that once held so many memories is bright and shiny, having been replaced due to damages from the crash. The paint on the road is gone.

This steep and rocky stretch of road is not an inviting place for visitors, but they come often. “Probably every couple of weeks,” Brianna Brock says.”Just sit up here and think,” CeeCee Moreno chimes in.

The girls and Kymber made many memories. “She could turn anyone’s day around by anything she said,” Moreno says, “She could just make you laugh.”

As the girls walk through the plants and rocks that are the foundation for a memorial to the teens, a name next to Kymber’s is inscribed on a cross that shows a year’s worth of withstanding the elements.

Jordan Hooper is remembered as an upbeat, bright young man with a smile always on his face. People who knew him say that smile was contagious.

It’s those memories that two families and many friends hold close, and you can be sure as one year turns to many the section of Carter Street will continue to show that. “It’s been different,” Moreno says, “It’s not the same I guess, without her.”

“It’s been really hard to get past it,” Brock says.

The investigation into the crash was closed shortly afterward. Police say alcohol was not a factor.

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