NEWPORT, Ky. — I have stated my opinion on women drivers multiple times on this site and every time I do, someone inevitably gets angry with me and I get hate mail. But I am in a good mood this morning so I will bite my tongue and not use this tragic story to rail on you females and how, by and large, you all are horrible, horrible drivers.
Kimberly Riggs, 40, and her 15-year-old daughter had just left church services at the Newport Church of God on Sunday when Riggs wanted her daughter to practice her driving skills in the parking lot. That’s when an unbelievable chain of events occurred, leaving Riggs dead and her daughter unlikely to get behind the wheel of a car for a very long time.
According to Newport police, Riggs was standing outside of a car in the parking lot as her daughter sat in the driver’s seat. Witnesses said the car suddenly lurched backward and the open door hit Riggs, knocking her to the ground. The car continued going in reverse as it turned left onto Keturah Street and stopped. The car then accelerated forward into the church parking lot, turned sharply left and plowed through a fence, hit a tree, cut through a backyard and hit the rear of a house. The vehicle then reversed through the yard and back into the church parking lot where the it made a sharp left, completed a 180 degree turn and struck Riggs, who had been chasing after the car, pinning her against a fence.
“She couldn’t speak but she could just barely breathe by holding her sternum,” said Church of God pastor, Rusty Woolum. “We were trying to keep her calm, telling her that help was on the way, that we were there with her.” Riggs was taken to University Hospital, but sadly she was pronounced dead, leaving behind two daughters and a grandson. Her daughter was treated at St. Elizabeth Hospital for minor facial injuries.Tags: Accident, church, driving, Kentucky, Kimberly Riggs, teen