Mom killed in NC crash was days from giving birth, family says

MIDDLESEX, N.C. (WNCN) - A 24-year-old mom killed in a July 4 head-on collision in Franklin County was just scheduled to give birth any day, her father says.

The Highway Patrol said Victoria Annalyn Mills was killed when her vehicle crossed the center line of Highway 39 and hit another vehicle.

Mills' unborn child, named Silver Ranee Boeglin, was also killed.

"She was nine months pregnant," said her father, Andrew Mills. "The baby was due any time."

Life changed dramatically for the Mills family on July 4. Mills said the news of the death of his daughter and her unborn child crushed him.

"Words can't tell you the pain and the hurt that it is," he said.

Mills' two other children, ages 3 and 4, were in her car at the time of the crash. Both were transported to WakeMed with serious injuries. Ayden is still in the hospital, as of Tuesday.

Mills told CBS 17's Lauren Haviland he is at peace with his daughter's death. He said that, days after the crash, he received a sign from Jesus and his daughter.

"Just tragic. But the Lord has a plan and it's going to unfold," he said. "She smiled at me and she followed right behind him. That peace that came on me to know that she's with my Lord and Savior [is] unbelievable."

Mills said his daughter and Silver will be buried together in Zebulon. He said he'll continue to visit the memorial daily, but now will also take on a new role for the children that lost their mother.

"God had a plan, and that plan is going to unfold," he said.

GoFundMe has been established to help the family with funeral and medical costs.