Brian E. Kiley killed by drunk driver in NC this morning

Brian E. Kiley
Brian E. Kiley
Brian E. Kiley
September 9, 1974 – February 17, 2013

I’m very sorry to report that in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 17th, 2013, after his show in North Carolina our friend Brian E. Kiley was killed by a drunk driver.

Raleigh, NC’s News & Observer reported:

A fatal wreck involving two cars closed eastbound Interstate 40 near N.C. 54 for more than four hours, according to a news release from the Durham Police Department.

At about 3:40 a.m. Sunday, a Honda Civic driven by Raul Herrera, 31, of High Point swerved into a Nissan Maxima, said Durham Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael in a news release.

Both eastbound vehicles went off the interstate and overturned, and both cars were totaled.

Herrera has been charged with driving while impaired and was taken to a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, Michael said.

The Maxima’s driver, identified as Brian Edward Kiley, 38, of Goodlettsville, Tenn. died at the scene. There were no passengers in either car.

Interstate 40 has reopened and the accident site – just east of the Exit 273 interchange in southwest Durham County – cleared.

Traffic had been rerouted off I-40 at exit 273 and on to N.C. 54 from 5:15 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. while authorities investigated the scene.

Brian’s widow, Amber, posted on facebook: “To all my family and friends, this morning I lost my eternal companion. Brian was the best man, husband, father, and saint I knew. There is not a piece me that doesn’t hurt right now, but my continuous comfort is that he is in a good place. I hope that every woman will be blessed and loved as much as I was by their husband. I love you my darling for all eternity.”

Please remember Brian’s family during this incredibly tough time.

Brian E. Kiley funeral arrangements are as follows:

Sat Feb 23

Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints
107 Twin Hills Dr
Madison, Tn 37115

Visitation will be 12:00 – 1:00
Service 1:00

Burial will be at:
Christ Church Memorial Gardens
15354 Old Hickory Blvd
Nashville 37211

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YouTube.com/BEKiley

One of Brian’s stand-up video clips on YouTube:

UPDATE (Feb. 18, 2013 – 10:50 am):
– Zanies has agreed to do a benefit show for Brian’s widow. When we have a date set, we’ll let you know.
– JJ Brent contributed to a lovely write-up about Kiley’s passing at the Durham Herald-Sun.
– Facebook and Twitter have been a constant stream of love and support and sorrow about this tragic loss from other comedians, fans, friends and family. Jon Reep posted on Facebook: “I’m so sorry to report that my good friend and comedian Comedian Brian E. Kiley was killed by a drunk driver. He just featured for me last night in Newton. I’m at a loss for words. I’m so sad right now. Please keep his wife and family in your prayers. RIP Brian! He was a good comedian and a Great Human being.”
– People are asking what they can do to help Brian’s family. I’d say give them your love and support right now.. Let’s give them a chance to determine what their needs are and how we can best help them.

UPDATE (Feb. 19, 2013 – 9:30 am):
WSMV, NewsChannel5, WKRN, The Tennessean and the Scene have done stories about Brian.
– Donations can me made to the Brian E. Kiley Memorial Fund c/o Southeast Financial Credit Union

The NewsChannel5 piece:

UPDATE (Feb. 19, 2013 – 6:12 pm):

Brian E. Kiley funeral arrangements:

Sat Feb 23
Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints
107 Twin Hills Dr
Madison, Tn 37115

Visitation will be 12:00 – 1:00
Service 1:00

Burial will be at:
Christ Church Memorial Gardens
15354 Old Hickory Blvd
Nashville 37211