Jada and Saunte White
Wilcox County's chief deputy says a mother and three children were not wearing seat belts before the head-on crash that killed them.
Chief Deputy Adam Newman says 37-year-old April Cutina White of Abbeville and her 7-year-old son, Saunte, died immediately.
Her daughters, 9-year-old Jada and 5-year-old Jalyn, were ejected from the wreck and later died in local hospitals, Newman said.
Five people in all died as a result of the crash Thursday afternoon.
It happened around 4 p.m. Thursday on Highway 280, two miles east of
Rochelle. White was driving westbound towards Rochelle.
County coroner Janice Brown says the wreck happened when the 2002 Toyota Solara driven by White crossed the center line and struck a state Department of Human Resources van.
Also killed was 68-year-old Daniel Elders of Abbeville, a passenger
in the van, according to Brown. She said the van's driver, Brenda Gaines
of Rochelle, is hospitalized
at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.
April White's brother, Lee Daniels, says her husband, Clarence White, is serving with the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan.
"Him being in another country, almost in another world, I just hope somebody can give him some kind of comfort," Daniels said of his brother-in-law.
Daniels says was coaching a baseball practice when he heard about the accident.
"To hear that you've lost more than one loved one, it's bad enough to lose one, but several, I'm basically speechless," he said.
He joined friends and family members at his sister's Abbeville home Friday. He said the outpouring of love and support from community members has been overwhelming, and will help White's surviving children, Kiswana Burke, 19 and Trevonte Hollis, 17 in the coming months.
"I want the community and people that know them to rally around them and give as much support as they can give," Daniels said.
Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Chuck Gordon, who assisted the Wilcox County Sheriff's Office with an investigation of the accident, says they don't know why White drove her car into the wrong lane, but says there's no evidence of a crime, and no one will be charged.