Amy L. Skiba, a 45-year-old former school guidance counselor in the Boone County School District, was killed Wednesday morning when a pickup truck struck her vehicle head-on. She was driving her 12-year-old twins to school,said friend and former colleague Thomas Haddock. Her son, a junior in high school, drove him self that morning.
“They were the love of her life,” Haddock said. “She was so looking forward to being retired and the time she was going to be able to spend (with her children). … That’s what breaks my heart.”
Skiba was westbound on Richwood Road in Walton when Darrin Carroll, 42, of Union, was operating a 2003 Chevrolet flatbed truck in the opposite direction. The right axles of the truck went off the side of the road, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
When Carroll brought his pickup back to the roadway, it crossed the center line and struck Skiba’s Honda Accord in a “head-on, side-swipe manner,” the sheriff’s office said.
Skiba’s twins were rushed to a hospital but were released later that day, Haddock said.
Skiba often shuttled her children to various school events.
Her relationships with students were so strong that,Haddock recalled, he had to weigh whether students who asked to visit her “just wanted to go up to be around her or if they truly had a concern.”
“This is a huge void in our community,” Haddock said. “You hear everybody say hug your little ones, tell people you love them. It’s kind of a wake-up call.”