Yes, during the fall of that year, the North Carolinian was involved in a major car accident. Roberts hit a truck which had pulled out in front of her, and the crash left her with a punctured lung and a badly fractured femur, requiring surgery. At this point, Roberts began to seriously question her own mortality.
In fact, Leah told Kara that in the moments before the crash, having realized that she was about to hit the truck, she was convinced that she would die. Roberts survived, however, and after she recovered, she professed to feeling “born again.” She was now resolved to get the most out of life.
But in early 1999, when Roberts was due to depart on a college field trip to Costa Rica, a third major event radically shook up her life: her father, who had been suffering from chronic lung disease for several years, suddenly passed away. Now orphaned, Roberts began to contemplate spiritual matters.