Family, friends hold vigil in Smithfield for woman killed in crash near Selma

Jerika Session and candles from the vigil Sunday night.
Jerika Session and candles from the vigil Sunday night.

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) — Dozens gathered Sunday night in Smithfield to remember 27-year-old Jerika Session, who was killed Thursday in a car wreck near Selma.

Family and friends clung to each other so they could let go of their anger over such a sudden loss.

“I don’t really think it’s sunk in. I have my moments. But it’s hard, I can say that,” said Session’s sister, Kadejihia Dubose.

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Dubose says her sister wouldn’t have wanted family to mourn her loss, but the pain they feel is too much to hold back.

“I have never, ever, ever felt this kind of heartache before, ever in my life. It was my best friend,” said Dubose.

Session was one of seven people riding in an SUV Thursday on Highway 96 when the driver lost control, flipping the vehicle multiple times. Six people were ejected. Police say no one was wearing a seatbelt.

“It was her decision to get in the vehicle. I mean, I could be upset at the driver, but if I hold on to animosity I’ll never get past it so, I can’t be mad at anybody really,” said Dubose.

“It’s hard, you know. Any family member that goes away from you it’s going to be hard. But you know we’ve got to take it one day at a time,” said Session’s uncle, Demetris Hinton.

Hinton also says they will not be upset at what’s happened, but they will feel Session’s absence.

“We’re just going to miss her,” he said.

Highway Patrol says speed and alcohol were factors in the crash that killed session. Charges are pending.

Session’s family is still working on funeral arrangements.

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