Judy Brooke Heiney

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A local hairstylist died Saturday when her car was struck by another vehicle in the intersection of U.S. 158 and Vance Road near Walkertown, authorities said.

Judy Brooke Heiney, 68, of Kernersville, died at the scene, the N.C. Highway Patrol said. Heiney was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.

She has worked as a hairstylist at Winston-Salem's JCPenney department store in Hanes Mall since 2006, according of her Facebook page.

The incident happened shortly before 4 p.m. Heiney was a driving a 2008 Chevrolet car and was attempting to make left turn from Vance Road to U.S. 158, the highway patrol said. Heiney's vehicle turned into the path of a 2014 Chevrolet car driven by Morgan Brianne Coleman, 21, of Belews Creek.

Coleman's vehicle struck Heiney's vehicle on its left front door, the highway patrol said. At the time of the collision, Coleman was driving 45 mph, and Heiney's vehicle was going 15 mph, investigators said.  

Coleman had her two children in her car, but none of the three were injured, the highway patrol said.

Neither alcohol nor speed were factors in the crash, the highway patrol said. No charges were filed.

Heiney's vehicle had $6,000 in damage, and Coleman's had $14,500 in damage, the highway patrol said.

Several people have posted their condolences on Heiney's Facebook page.

Rachel Robinson of Winston-Salem wrote that Heiney let her keep a brush, which Heiney used on her customers, so that Robinson could brush her hair with it.

"I still use that same brush, and now every time I use it, your beautiful face and spirit will come to my mind and I will smile," Robinson wrote. "I am blessed to have known you."

Lynn Hendrix of King wrote that Heiney had spent two hours before the crash washing and styling Hendrix's hair and a friend's. 

"She was the sweetest, kindest, and just full of joy of anyone I (ever) met," Hendrix wrote.


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