Thursday, June 30 2022

ATLANTA (CBS46) — The new year started with a knock at the door of the Borba family home, after several failed attempts by father and mother duo Robson and Jessica Borba to join their daughter, Kealani, on New Year’s Day. .

“He was an officer and we both freaked out,” Robson said. “My wife asked if my daughter was okay, and he said no; [she asked] is she alive, and he said no ma’am, and that’s what started our nightmare.

According to Atlanta police, Kealani was driving a Toyota Scion around 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day when she lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the concrete barrier of the Georgia 400 South ramp to gain access to the I -85 South.

The vehicle overturned and caught fire. Kealani’s girlfriend, Kelsey, was pulled from the burning vehicle by witnesses before EMS arrived, but Kealani did not survive.

“I kept screaming ‘no’, that’s all I could do; I screamed so loud that all of our neighbors came out and were worried,” Robson said describing the terrible moment he found out his daughter had died. “I just wanted to go back in time.”

“I passed out,” Jessica said. “Even thinking about it in my mind will sink me, and so the reality was almost too hard to believe.”

Kealani’s parents, family and friends describe her as an energetic and confident 19-year-old who “owned every room she walked into.” Her father says she was a free spirit who very rarely needed discipline and was always in pursuit of adventure. Her parents agree she was a beautiful, responsible young girl who loved those around her, including her girlfriend Kesley, who is currently recovering in Grady Hospital, according to APD.

The Georgia State freshman’s parents said they have no regrets in his life and love as they openly show their love for each other every day. The last words she said to her mother were “I love you”, the day before she left, New Year’s Eve.

“The reality and what I believe is that love is free. And, she was a free person, and we loved her freely and she loved us freely,” Robson said.

Kealani left behind a mother, father and two brothers, as well as many other family members and friends who she will miss. The Atlanta Police Department continues to investigate the cause of the accident.

The Borba family has created a memorial fund in Kealani’s name to provide him with a proper burial click here.

A separate GoFundMe has been set up to support Kelsey (also known as V) in her recovery efforts, click here.


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