At least one person was killed early Sunday in a two-car crash on Interstate 40 East at N.C. Highway 54 in Durham. (Photo Credit: WRAL)
By Janet Kim
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A member of Nashville's stand-up comedy scene has been silenced, after a drunk driving crash killed a mid-state comedian.
Brian Kiley's widow is staying strong for the most part but clearly devastated that she's lost her husband. She and the community of comedians want to make sure he is remembered for how he lived.
Zanies is a well-known Nashville landmark, a place you come for a good laugh and where comedians like Kiley got their first start.
But on this day, the laughs are silenced with a solemn reminder that the community has lost one of their own.
"The longer you know a person, the harder it is," said Ron Carson, a Zanies manager.
Police in Durham, North Carolina said a drunk driver hit and killed 38-year old Kiley early Sunday morning after he finished a comedy show in the area.
It's perhaps his biggest fan though who's taking it the hardest.
"Until someone tells them they're gone it doesn't feel real," said Kiley's wife Amber Kiley.
The two had only been married for four months, but enough time to build a family as a husband and stepfather.
"Just yesterday people were at the house and coming over to give their condolences and I felt like any moment I was going to get a text message or a phone call and that he'd walk through the door," said Amber Kiley.
Beginning Tuesday, donations can me made to the Brian E. Kiley Memorial Fund at the Southeast Financial Credit Union, where Kiley also worked.
Zanies has put together a shrine. The club even had a toast with Krispy Kreme Donuts, which were his favorite. He even referenced them in his jokes.
The driver of the other vehicle has been charged with driving while impaired.