‘She lit up a room:’ Woman who died in Boone Co. crash had stopped to help stranger

Nurse kiled in Boone Co. crash after she stopped to help stranger
Updated: Jul. 8, 2020 at 11:02 PM EDT
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BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - A Boone County woman who was killed in an interstate crash earlier this week only stopped at the scene to help a stranger, according to sheriff’s office deputies.

Ana Kincart was on her way to work on Monday morning when she lost her life. The 36-year-old was traveling on I-275 West in Boone County near the Caroll Cropper Bridge, deputies say.

[RELATED: Victims identified in double-fatal, 4-vehicle crash on 275 in Boone Co.]

According to investigators, Kincart stopped her vehicle after she saw another driver, 24-year-old Brandon Hicks, crash.

“It was literally pouring buckets of water, and she witnessed a car spin out right in front of her,” Kincart’s stepfather, Andy Cline said.

Kincart immediately got out to help Hicks, Cline said.

“She went back and got back in the jeep, took a photograph and sent that to her employer and said that she would be late,” Cline said. “She was going to stay to comfort this young man.”

While waiting for authorities to arrive at the scene, deputies say another vehicle rear-ended Kincart’s SUV, killing her and Hicks.

Kincart’s family members say it is a devastating loss, especially knowing Kincart spent much of her time helping others. She was a nurse at a local Veterans Affairs clinic.

“She lit up the room. She would walk in, if there was somebody who was down, she would certainly try to help them,” Cline said.

While the news of Kincart’s unexpected death came as a shock to her loved ones, Cline said the details that have since surfaced are not surprising.

“We’re all proud of her,” Kincart’s cousin, Kristen Alvarez said. “We’re devastated that it took her life, but we’re not surprised at all that she stopped.”

Kincart leaves behind a multitude of people who love her. Alvarez said Kincart’s husband and four children will be lost without her, but if there is anything that can bring them comfort during this challenging time, it is knowing that Kincart did not just live her life a hero — she died a hero too.

“I’m proud,” Cline said. “I’m proud that she stopped for that driver.”

A GoFundMe page has been created to raise money for Kincart’s family. So far, more than $8,000 has been donated.

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