The sole surviving child of four caught in a deadly car crash has joined her siblings, sadly.
Two-year-old Ar’mani Jamison was the only one of four siblings not killed in a single-car collision in Greenville County, South Carolina on Dec. 7.
Little Ar’mani died around 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, Deputy Coroner Jeff Fowler told local CBS affiliate WLTX.
Her siblings, Arnez Yaron Jamison Jr., 4; Robbiana Evans, 6; and Jamire Halley, 8, were all pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on State 253, Highway Patrol spokesman Lance Cpl. Joe Hovis told Greenville Online.
The crash occurred around 12:30 a.m. The driver, a 27-year-old Greenville man, went off the road and hit several trees. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
According to Hovis, the Highway Patrol was still investigating the crash. Charges were pending, but he could not release any further details.
Mother ‘Lost Everything’
Jackie Brown, mother of the deceased children, spent her weekend in the hospital, watching over her remaining daughter, until she too, died.
Crystal Griffith, a friend who had worked with Brown at the Travelers Rest KFC and Taco Bell for about a year, said the children were the centerpiece of Brown’s existence.
“It was all about her kids,” Griffith told WLTX. “Every week she was taking her kids to the mall to walk around. Every penny went to her children.”
Griffith and her co-workers were familiar with Brown’s children because she often brought them to work with her. The children were always polite and respectful, Griffith stated.
“We all watched these babies,” she said. “These children would sit at a table and color.”
Robbiana was in kindergarten and Jamire was in third grade at Gateway Elementary School in Travelers Rest. Arnez and Ar’mani were too young for school.
Brown was understandably shattered by the loss of her beloved children.
“Those children were her strength. She lost everything. She lost everything,” Griffith said. “She’s not taking it well. These children were this lady’s life.”
Brown’s co-workers at KFC and Taco Bell have started a GoFundMe page to try to help Brown bury her children and rebuild her life.
The page features photos of the children—some taken very recently, during a trip to the mall. Brown had told Griffith that she had bought and wrapped her children’s Christmas presents, but that one of her daughters couldn’t wait—she tore open one of her gifts while her mother was in the shower.
“I couldn’t go to sleep last night without calling her and letting her know we love her,” Griffith said. “She has really touched a lot of us.”
A Heartfelt Farewell
As a caption for the photo of her lost children on the GoFundMe page, Brown posted the most poignant summation of this sad tale:
“4 faces ill never see again, yall broke mommy with this yall made me so strong at times i thought i was weak this was never part of my plan i love yall and ill see yall real soon idk how to make it without yall here with me … Rest Well mommies angels the worst pain ive ever felt—#PrayForMe i love yall with all my heart—yall was my heart yall kept me going.”
Crystal Griffith, who started the page, hopes to raise $50,000 to help her friend Jackie resume her life.