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A tragic accident late Saturday night left 6 young Chicago area children without mothers on Mother’s Day.
The women were on their way to a party when their car hit a cement support column for the elevated Green Line tracks at a very high speed. After hitting the column, the car struck a light pole and was split in two. Tyshyra Hines, 21, Alicia Goston, 22 and Bernadette Harris, 25 were declared dead at the scene according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Ieshia Nelson, 21, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
The women were going to celebrate Goston’s grandmother’s 61st birthday. They were also planning on celebrating Mother’s Day at midnight. Tatiana Ward, who was traveling with another group of mothers to the celebration at a downtown nightclub, received a phone call alerting the group about the crash.
Ward told the Chicago Sun-Times, “We’d seen them just 10 minutes earlier — they were having a good time. We were going to celebrate Mother’s Day after midnight — that’s the chilling part. How can you tell the kids when they’re too young to understand?”
Harris was the mother of three young children, ages 4, 6, and 8. Her sister, Sheila Harris, described her as a kindhearted mother that went above and beyond for her kids.
Yvette Harris, Nelson’s mother, described her to the Chicago Tribune: “She was a very special, hardworking, kindhearted, happy-go-lucky person.”
Nelson left behind a two-year-old son who called her “Eesh” when he was happy.
Goston’s aunt, Keke Goston, described her as always having a “big, cute smile on her face” and as being a loving mom to her two-year-old son.
Hines’ father, Anthony Hines, described her as a hardworking single mother. She left behind a 4-year-old son.
The police are still investigating the cause of the crash. There have been reports that drag racing has been involved. However, Yvette Harris has told CBS Chicago that she does not believe this to be the case. There also have been reports that another car struck the vehicle. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Police Force will be conducting an accident reconstruction to investigate.
As for the families, they are now grappling with their grief as well as guiding the young children through this tragedy.
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