Over the weekend, an immense tragedy occurred in Four Cortland, Indiana. A slumber party ended tragically following a freak car accident, which took the lives of four young teenagers and injured several others.
According to Fox News, 37-year-old Cara Selby was driving nine kids between the ages of 12 and 16 to a sleepover around 11:00 PM. Her SUV broke down only a block away from the home, so eight teens got out to push the stalled vehicle.
Another vehicle, driven by 24-year-old Elizabeth Watson, suddenly crashed into the SUV from behind. Three victims — 14-year-olds Nevaeh Law and Jenna Helton, and 15-year-old Brittany Watson — died immediately at the scene, another — 16-year-old Martin Martinez — passed away on the way to the hospital, and four others were injured in the accident.
It is unclear if the driver was under the influence at the time or what exactly caused the collision. An investigation is underway; this developing story will be updated if more information is released to the public.
Following the tragic news, a prayer vigil was held in remembrance of the teenagers. Their loved ones gathered together to honor their lives and pray for those who had suffered a great loss.
Several parents spoke out to the media after the tragedy went public, reported PEOPLE. The moms and dads shared kind words about their children — one woman reminding parents to "hold their babies tight."
“Mine walked out the door [on Saturday] and will never be coming home to me,” the mother of Nevaeh, who would have turned 15 a few days after the accident, said.
“She loved her 4-year-old sister with Down syndrome. She was sweet and caring,” another parent said of his child, Jenna, who was also killed. “She listened to my lecturing intently, wanting to always please me. She was my angel, and she will be terribly missed.”
Please keep the victims’ friends and families in your prayers during this time of mourning. May God bring them peace, healing, and comfort.
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