ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (BNc)- Heather Whalley died from her injuries Saturday night, Apr. 12, after a vehicle hit her and her husband Seth from behind.

Van that hit Seth and Heather Whalley Her husband remains in Bayfront Medical Center in fair condition.

The North Carolina couple was walking on the sidewalk when a vehicle jumped the curb and hit them from behind, police said. The vehicle ended up hitting a palm tree and rolling onto its side.

The accident occurred 11:23 a.m. Thursday, Apr. 10.

Seth, a chemist, his wife, and the couple’s three children – two girls, ages 3 and 12, and a 9-year-old boy – were visiting Heather’s mother in St. Pete Beach, Aaron Whalley, Seth’s brother, said.

The family belong to the Lake Norman congregation in Charlotte, N.C.

The van went up on the curb and started traveling along the sidewalk before striking the couple, throwing them 44 feet, investigators said.

An e-mail Monday to the Lake Norman congregation said Seth is “alert, awake and now off the ventilator and breathing on his own.” He could be released early next week, reported the Charlotte Observer.

The van’s driver, Aaron Rimar of St. Pete Beach, was treated and released. Records show he’s been charged with about 20 traffic citations in the past, according to media reports in Florida. Charges against the driver are pending investigation.

BNc reported the accident yesterday and learned just today of Heather’s death.

The couple’s three children were not present when the accident occurred.

BNc hopes to publish Heather’s obituary shortly.



  1. Our condolences to the family of Heather Whalley. Randall, please keep us informed as to the progress of the Seth and the children. Our prayers assend to the Father of Mercies on behalf of this family. Let us know if there is anything further that we can do, please.

  2. Seth has been released from the hospital and was in church this morning in Fall River MA- praise God. Heather’s obituary can be found on the Charlotte Observer and at It is a very tough situation, but Seth and his children seem amazingly well under the circumstances. Donations to assist the family can be mailed to the
    Fall River Church of Christ
    840 Rock Street
    Fall River, MA 02720
    Attn: Whalley Family Fund

    We have seen God do some amazing things through this tragedy. Please keep praying that God will work the good through all this.