Both passengers in Ford Explorer are recovering after the April 18 accident

By on April 19, 2022

Update: The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has provided the Voice with this April 21 update on the conditions of the two people in the Ford Explorer that struck the vehicle the Basnights were riding in and who were both hospitalized after the April 18 accident.

The driver, 26-year-old Kyra Skinner, has been released from Norfolk General. Her four-year-old daughter is reported to be in stable condition at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

A spokesman for the State Highway Patrol said the investigation into the fatal collision that took the life of Stephen Basnight Jr. is still ongoing.

Longtime educator Steve Basnight injured, his father dies in Currituck County crash

Former Hyde Schools Superintendent Steve Basnight underwent surgery after the accident. (File photo: Hyde County Public School System Facebook page)

Former Hyde County Schools Superintendent Stephen Basnight was injured, and his father was killed in a two-vehicle accident near Moyock on the evening of Monday, April 18.

According to accounts in the Coastland Times and Ocracoke Observer, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol reported that a Ford Escape driven by Stephen Basnight III, 61 — with his father Stephen Basnight Jr., 87, as a passenger — was struck by a Ford Explorer driven by Kyra Skinner, 26, after the Explorer hydroplaned and traveled left of center.

Skinner and a four-year-old passenger in the Explorer were taken to Norfolk General. Their conditions are not available.

Both Basnights were taken to Norfolk General as well. Stephen Jr. succumbed to his injuries. According to the Observer story, the younger Basnight successfully underwent surgery on his leg and is in stable condition.

Reports say Skinner was charged with driving left of center and exceeding a safe speed in rainy weather conditions, but neither alcohol nor drugs were involved.

Stephen Basnight retired as Superintendent of the Hyde County Schools this year, ending a distinguished 37-year career in education that included serving in Dare, Currituck, and Hyde Counties.

In the wake of the accident, the Hyde County Schools posted this message on Facebook on April 19. “Please remember the Basnight Family as Mr. Basnight recovers from surgery, his mother continues her recovery from a major stroke, and as they grieve the loss of his father.”





  • Shelley Meyer

    Love and prayers of God’s understanding. My heart is crying.

    Tuesday, Apr 19 @ 6:54 pm
  • Judy Owens

    My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family.

    Tuesday, Apr 19 @ 6:57 pm
  • Virginia Freebergee

    My families sincerest condolences to all families.

    Tuesday, Apr 19 @ 9:36 pm
  • Ann Dowdy Morse

    My thoughts and prayers are with Carolyn and Steve’s family and with their son. I was so saddened to learn of such a tragic accident.

    Wednesday, Apr 20 @ 11:07 am
  • Sherry Miller

    My thoughts are prayers are with the family at this time. Mr Basnight was such a wonderful man. May he rest in peace.

    Thursday, Apr 21 @ 11:54 pm