Family mourns loss of mother killed in interstate accident

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Loved ones are mourning the loss of a young mother killed in a rare accident on I-26 Thursday morning. The Berkeley County Coroner's office says Kayla Hunt died after the SUV she was driving hit a tractor lawn mower that was on the interstate.

It happened near mile marker 189 on I-26.

"I don't care how mad she got at me she always loved me and I loved her," the victim's brother Brandon Marchant said.

Marchant is remembering the times with his older sister. He says 23-year-old Hunt was the loving mother of 5-year-old Logan, 3-year-old Eliza and 1-year-old AJ. Marchant says she devoted herself to her children full time before the accident.

"She was a great mom. They were the world to her," Marchant said.

Highway Patrol troopers say Hunt was driving west on the interstate, when her SUV struck the tractor-mower, veered off the road and crashed. Troopers say she wasn't wearing a seatbelt at the time.

The young mother grew up here in Rosinville, which is in Dorchester County, and graduated from Woodland High School. Hunt's brother's girlfriend Cassidy Bailey says Hunt was like a sister to her.

"We talked about everything. She even wanted me in her wedding. Just everything, we did a lot together,"  Bailey said.

Family members say they were a close knit group. They are now focused on caring for Hunt's children, in her absence.

"We love you Kayla. We're always here for you. If you ever need us, look down and touch us," Marchant said.

Hunt's brother says this isn't the first tragedy for the family. Back in 1992, her parents lost another child, a son, who was involved in an accident with a go cart.

Hunt's parents spent the day at the hospital with her children. Family members say the two younger children are in good condition, and doctors are monitoring injuries of the oldest child. All three are expected to be okay.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol and an accident reconstruction team is investigating the accident to determine who was at fault.

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