Comedian killed in I-40 accident to be buried Saturday

CorrespondentFebruary 22, 2013 

Brian Kiley


— A stand-up comedian killed in an accident with an accused impaired driver on Interstate 40 last weekend will be buried Saturday in Tennessee.

A funeral service for Brian Edward Kiley, 38, of Goodlettsville, Tenn., will be held at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Madison, Tenn., followed by burial at Christ Church Memorial Gardens in Nashville.

Raul Herrera, 31, of High Point was initially charged with driving while impaired after Sunday’s wreck. On Wednesday, Durham police had a warrant charging Herrera with felony death by motor vehicle, though it had not been served as of Thursday.

Kiley was traveling east on I-40 to Raleigh-Durham International Airport from a show at the Newton-Conover Auditorium in Newton when Herrera’s Honda Civic swerved into the back of Kiley’s Nissan Maxima, according to police. Both cars ran off the road and flipped near the N.C. 54 interchange (Exit 273) around 3:40 a.m.

Kiley was pronounced dead at the scene. Herrera was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Kiley was to catch a flight back to Tennessee after appearing with comedian Jon Reep, known for his Dodge Hemi commercials, that Saturday night in Newton. The comedians had performed at the Holly Springs Cultural Center the night before.

Kiley, a Long Island, N.Y., native, advertised his comedy as family-friendly and went by the name Brian E. Kiley to distinguish himself from comedian Brian Kiley, once a writer for late-night television host Conan O’Brien.

According to Kiley’s website, he discovered stand-up comedy at an early age and had an easy-going perspective that turned his discomfort about being overweight into “comedic insight” in a “weight watchers world.”

Kiley was married in October. He and his wife Amber had a young daughter, McKayla.

According to friends, Kiley was a spiritual man who held leadership positions in his church including acting as a seminar teacher to children for several years.

On his Facebook page, friend J.J. Brent wrote that Nashville comedy club Zanies, where Kiley was a beloved regular performer, would be putting together benefit shows for the comedian’s family.

Condolences for Kiley’s widow have been trickling out online over the past week.

“Watched his videos last night,” wrote Nikki Walker wrote. “I laughed haaaard. That’s something Brian will leave behind – a lot of laughter.”

Kiley’s wife wrote on her Facebook page last week how much her husband was still making her laugh, even though he had died.

“Today I have seen all kinds of news reports with my love in them,” Amber Kiley wrote. “I have laughed so hard when I realized they had some of the oldest pics I have ever seen of him.

“I love that he makes me laugh even though he is gone.”

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