What turned out to be an almost unimaginable tragedy transpired late Saturday night in southern Indiana, and now several families are facing a future without their loved ones after an accident that happened in a blink of an eye.
Naveah Law, 14, Jenna A. Helton, 14, and Brittany Watson, 15, died at the scene of the two-vehicle crash, while Martin Martinez, 16, was pronounced dead on arrival when he reached Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital via helicopter. Four other teens were seriously injured in the crash.
The accident occurred at 11:00 pm when the SUV carrying nine teenagers to a slumber party, broke down just a short distance from their final destination. The driver, 37-year-old Cara Selby, asked the youngsters, ages 12-16 to hop out of the Chevrolet Suburban to see if they could push it the last block.
As the kids were behind the car, another vehicle driven by 24-year-old Elizabeth Watson smashed into the rear of the stalled SUV, trapping the teens between the two cars. The impact of the crash sent the cars skidding over 200 yards, before coming to a stop.
The mother of one of the girls posted a moving tribute on Facebook.
“God gained a beautiful angel tonight,” she wrote. 'My daughter, Nevaeh Law and 3 of her friends were killed in an accident. Please pray for all of the families involved. For the families who lost children, and for the families who's kids are still hanging on.'
The names of the other five teens injured in the accident have been released: Starlit Watson, 12, Victoria Burchard, 15, Victoria Valdivia, 15, Allerika Henline, 15., and Courtney Arthur
Fox News reports, “The investigation into the crash continues, and it is not yet known whether the driver of the vehicle that crashed into the teens will face any charges.
The investigation is ongoing, and police urge anyone with information to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 812-358-2141.
Please join us in praying for all the families and friends who are suffering a broken heart today at this horrific loss.