April 15, 2013
St. John’s Elementary School is in mourning.
According to reports from Florida Highway Patrol, 20 year-old Quineasia Williams was driving north on State Road 267, five miles north of Quincy when she crossed the center line t-boning and into Katherine King’s Truck. Troopers say Williams, Makayla Woodward, nine years-old and one year ole Chole Akins were not wearing seat belts and were thrown from the car.
“Pink was her favorite color,” said Principal Allysun Davis, from St. John’s Elementary School.
At the school, balloons were floating in the air as a powerful message of love. Cards were also written by Makayla’s friends in her remembrance after a car crash took her life and left two of her relatives in critical condition.
Davis adds, “spirited young lady, and it’s touching the staff, the students and the community as a whole,”
Superintendent of Gadsden County Schools Reginald James said, “It’s very hard when you lose a child, and she is part of our Gadsden school family, so I think what we are doing here today in releasing balloons will release the spirit of Makayla to the Lord and by doing that, I think the kids will understand what we’re doing.”
Makayla’s father and sister joined the school and her classmates during the balloon release. Grief counselors were also at the campus to help kids cope with the loss.
“Unite together, they express how they love each other and how much they love the student,” said Deamaris Fonticoba, a Grief Counselor. “They were telling the parents how much they were sorry for their loss.”
Florida Highway Patrol said that Williams will be facing a minimum charge of violating child restraint laws since neither kid was strapped in. Other charges are pending.
The accident caused the St. John’s Elementary School to postpone the first day of FCAT testing.
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