Gloucester teen dies from injuries following Christmas Day crash

13News Now Steven Graves has the story

​KING & QUEEN CO., Va. (WVEC) -- Authorities say a 19-year-old has died following a crash that took place on Christmas Day.

We're told Brianna N. Sulc of Gloucester was taken to Riverside Regional Hospital in Newport News, where she later died on December 29.

13News Now spoke with her parents Monday who are heartbroken. 

“It has been the most difficult journey I’ve faced as a mother,” said Kristie Askew.

The crash happened around 3 p.m. December 25 on Route 14, when a Buick Rendezvous that was traveling west ran off the side of the road. The SUV then came back into the roadway, crossed the center line and crashed into a Honda Civic head-on.

“I basically drove the exact last route that Brianna would have been driving and I thought..I wonder what was going through her mind?" Edwin Sulc emotionally said. "One day I’ll get the opportunity to find out.”

The impact of the accident caused both vehicles to overturn.

Sulc was the driver of the 1999 Honda Civic.

The driver of the Buick, 74-year-old Peggy K. Didlake of West Point, Va. was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Didlake was charged with reckless driving. Police say fatigue was a factor in the crash.

Brianna's family said their faith is the only thing that got through the tragedy. 

They say Brianna's death has taught them forgiveness. The parents also said it helped them repair a broken relationship after divorcing when Brianna was young. 

“There has been some healing and bringing the two families together really back together as one family through Brianna’s death," Sulc said. 

“Our prayer is that just people seeing this tragedy has brought them closer to their families and God,” Askew said. 


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