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Mother’s Erratic Driving Causes Own Son’s Death

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A motor vehicle crash in South Fulton this past Saturday, November 5, 2011 left one teenager dead and 5 children injured. The vehicle crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of Flat Shoals Road and Harper Valley Drive, according to the CBS Atlanta News.

A mother was driving a black minivan with her children when she crossed the center line, slamming into the family of a white minivan. In addition to hitting the white minivan, the driver of the black minivan also sideswiped another vehicle.

It was a bus operator, Demetria McCastkill, on Marta who witnessed the tragic crash and called for help. Witnesses said that the driver of the black minivan (who is currently hospitalized) was responsible for causing the crash. She will be charged.

Five children between the ages of two years of age and 12 years of age were taken to area hospitals along with three adults. 16 year Joshua Jenkins from College Park died at the crash. His mother was the driver of the black minivan. A three year old is in critical condition while the other survivors are in stable condition.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved in the crash.

Unfortunately, car crashes occur every day. There were about 5,811,000 traffic crashes reported just in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In those traffic crashes, 37,261 people were killed and 2,346,000 people were injured.

In order to avoid a serious or deadly car accident, here are some basic safety tips while you drive:

  1. Don’t text while driving.
  2. Don’t drink and drive.
  3. Don’t ride with someone who is under the influence.
  4. Don’t eat while driving.
  5. Don’t apply makeup while driving.
  6. If you need to make a phone call, pull over.
  7. Perform maintenance on your car and follow the speed limits.
  8. Use your turn signals.
  9. If you get drowsy or cannot focus while driving, pull over and rest.
  10. Do not reach for things.

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    Please keep our family in your prayers, this is the far most worst thing that we could only image in a bad dream. Yes, she was driving but she’s suffering mentally and emotionally for the loss of her son. She love all of her 5 children and now her family is less 1 child. We miss Josh so much already and we thank God still for the survival of the others injured. Our family need alot of healing right now. Don’t judge if you weren’t in the vehicle that caused this accident.For the people that only saw from the outside what happened and on the news. When we say an “Accident” occured that means that it wasn’t intensional. This is like a nightmare it’s hard to believe.I love Josh and I can remember his last words when I saw him last. May his soul rest with his “God, His Maker”.
    Stop judging and start praying that helps more than people just talking. R.I.P.- Josh, your family loves you and miss you. Please donate to this account#8660112619 Well Fargo Bank to help us bury Josh. Our Family Thank you.

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    Please keep our family in your prayers, this is the far most worst thing that we could only image in a bad dream. Yes, she was driving but she’s suffering mentally and emotionally for the loss of her son. She love all of her 5 children and now her family is less 1 child. We miss Josh so much already and we thank God still for the survival of the others injured. Our family need alot of healing right now. Don’t judge if you weren’t in the vehicle that caused this accident.For the people that only saw from the outside what happened and on the news. When we say an “Accident” occured that means that it wasn’t intensional. This is like a nightmare it’s hard to believe.I love Josh and I can remember his last words when I saw him last. May his soul rest with his “God, His Maker”.
    Stop judging and start praying that helps more than people just talking. R.I.P.- Josh, your family loves you and miss you. Please donate to this account#8660112619 Well Fargo Bank to help us bury Josh. Our Family Thank you.

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    Please keep our family in your prayers, this is the far most worst thing that we could only image in a bad dream. Yes, she was driving but she’s suffering mentally and emotionally for the loss of her son. She love all of her 5 children and now her family is less 1 child. We miss Josh so much already and we thank God still for the survival of the others injured. Our family need alot of healing right now. Don’t judge if you weren’t in the vehicle that caused this accident.For the people that only saw from the outside what happened and on the news. When we say an “Accident” occured that means that it wasn’t intensional. This is like a nightmare it’s hard to believe.I love Josh and I can remember his last words when I saw him last. May his soul rest with his “God, His Maker”.
    Stop judging and start praying that helps more than people just talking. R.I.P.- Josh, your family loves you and miss you. Please donate to this account#8660112619 Well Fargo Bank to help us bury Josh. Our Family Thank you.

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    Please keep our family in your prayers, this is the far most worst thing that we could only image in a bad dream. Yes, she was driving but she’s suffering mentally and emotionally for the loss of her son. She love all of her 5 children and now her family is less 1 child. We miss Josh so much already and we thank God still for the survival of the others injured. Our family need alot of healing right now. Don’t judge if you weren’t in the vehicle that caused this accident.For the people that only saw from the outside what happened and on the news. When we say an “Accident” occured that means that it wasn’t intensional. This is like a nightmare it’s hard to believe.I love Josh and I can remember his last words when I saw him last. May his soul rest with his “God, His Maker”.
    Stop judging and start praying that helps more than people just talking. R.I.P.- Josh, your family loves you and miss you. Please donate to this account#8660112619 Well Fargo Bank to help us bury Josh. Our Family Thank you.

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    Please keep our family in your prayers, this is the far most worst thing that we could only image in a bad dream. Yes, she was driving but she’s suffering mentally and emotionally for the loss of her son. She love all of her 5 children and now her family is less 1 child. We miss Josh so much already and we thank God still for the survival of the others injured. Our family need alot of healing right now. Don’t judge if you weren’t in the vehicle that caused this accident.For the people that only saw from the outside what happened and on the news. When we say an “Accident” occured that means that it wasn’t intensional. This is like a nightmare it’s hard to believe.I love Josh and I can remember his last words when I saw him last. May his soul rest with his “God, His Maker”.
    Stop judging and start praying that helps more than people just talking. R.I.P.- Josh, your family loves you and miss you. Please donate to this account#8660112619 Well Fargo Bank to help us bury Josh. Our Family Thank you.

  6. Jim Meeker says:
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    To Family Member of the Blamed
    Our thoughts and prayers are out to you and your family as well. My pointing out that there was no mention of my niece and husband was in no way to meant to reduce the anguish and suffering that your family is going through. Our prayers are for a quick recovery for everyone involved in this tragic accident.

  7. Darren Tobin says:
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    To everyone involved in this tragic event, I think I speak for all of us when I say that WE extend our collective thoughts and wishes to EVERYONE involved. Accidents happen every day. The intention of this article and other articles posted is to remind people that accidents happen and that we can and should all remember to do our best to reduce those accidents. I know that Mr. Meeker is a good person just as I know that Josh’s mom is a good person. May everyone injured in this accident recover speedily.

  8. R.I.P. JOSH says:
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    TO ALL FAMILIES INVOLVED IN THIS TRAGEDY MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL. I JUST WANT TO MAKE ONE STATEMENT WE CAN NOT JUDGE… NO MAN… BECAUSE GOD MAKES ALL JUDGES. WHAT HAPPEN WAS NOT DONE INTENTIONALLY SO WE MUST JUST PUT ALL PRAYERS IN GOD’S HAND. AND HE WILL DELIVER WHAT HE FEEL IS RIGHT. HE TOOK MY COUSIN TO A PLACE THAT WE ALL WANT TO GO. I PRAY FOR RECOVERY TO ALL THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY THIS ACCIDENT.