GoFundMe was launched to help the Jefferson County family pay for the funeral after four members, including two young children and a teenager, were killed on Saturday night when their car left Interstate 20 and crashed. Into Lake Logan Martin
The deaths of April Whatley, 37, her 18-year-old daughter Mariah, and her youngest children Reginald “RJ” White and Rosalyn White, five, who will turn 3 in July, are quickly closing.
“We̵7;re not dealing right now,” said White’s cousin LaSondra Rowel. “We’re just trying to piece together the rest.”
The crash happened around 11:00 p.m. Saturday, the I-20 in the near-east by the river, Senior Trooper Reginal King said.
The family car diverged from interstate into the median for unknown reasons and fell into the water near the 162-mile mark.
Authorities said Whatley was driving when her vehicle entered the median, traveled back and forth between the guard rails for some time and plunged into the water at the bridge.
Reginald White, 39, was found by the first responders standing on a submerged car. Both he and the rescue workers fought hard to free the other family members but were unsuccessful.
Among the agencies that responded were ALEA State Troopers, Pell City Police Department, St Clair County Sheriff’s Office, Pell City Dive Team, Leeds Dive and Rescue Team, Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Twin Creeks Towing. And Alabama Department of Transportation
Senior Reginald White was taken to UAB hospital where he was in intensive care. But expect a full recovery
Whatley, Towns, RJ and Rosalyn all died at the scene.
The family was headed for a graduation party in Towns in Atlanta, then she left for a graduation trip.
“This is the saddest incident that has happened to our family,” Rowell, and we are asking for prayer and support during this painful and difficult time. ”
A city where friends and family say there is a passionate singing voice at school and in youth groups. She was described as having a playful heart and just graduated last Tuesday from Minor High School in Adamsville, where the family lives.
“You are the best of all of us. The nicest, sweetest and purest person I know, ” one of her friends posted on Facebook. “I feel like a piece of the sun that has just passed away.”
“ She was always smiling, always polite, ” said Rowell.
She said Whatley was a devoted wife and mother. “She loved her children and she loved my cousin, too,” Rowell said.
RJ recently graduated from Legacy Prep from a charter school.
And Rosalin, the youngest victim, just learned to walk.
“ I can’t explain what my family is going through right now, ” Rowell said.
The family is enlisting help through GoFundMe to raise money for the four funerals. You can donate here.
John Haddlston, a spokesman for the Jefferson County School, said Minor High’s principal was trying to muster vigilance this week.“We are devastated by this tragedy, ” Huddleston said.