Family grieving after deadly accident on Rivers Avenue
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -
Two families are grieving after three of their loved ones were killed in a deadly accident over the weekend.
Police say 31-year old Shanecquia Brooks, her fiancé 25-year-old Jai'Von Pelzer and her sister 26-year-old Jasmine Brooks died after a car, driven by Antwan Haskell, crashed into them.
"I can't sleep, I can't eat,” Annette Pelzer, Jai’Von’s mother, explained through tears. “I just walk the floor. And when I close my eyes – I see my son."
“He just loved to talk to people,” Annette added. “He was just a lovely person."
"I couldn't do anything but collapse,” said Antonia Brooks, the mother of Jasmine and Shanecquia, describing how she felt when she found out her two daughters had been killed.
While the family is struggling to comprehend what happened, Antonia wants people to remember her daughters as the amazing people they were.
"They would be the life of every party, especially my Jasmine,” Antonia said. “Shanecquia was more laid back. But when they walk into the room, it's nothing but love. Jasmine could get anything started."
Shanecquia was two months pregnant and was set to graduate from Trident Tech this year.
Jasmine loved to write poems and was talking about going back to school.
"It hurts,” Antonia said as tears streamed down her face. “I don't understand how people can drink and get behind the wheel of a car and not have regards to other people's lives."
At last check, Antwan Haskell, who police say took their lives, is still in the hospital.
He's facing several charges including DUI involving death and reckless homicide.
"I don't want him to die,” Antonia said. “But I want him to pay for what he did."
In the meantime, both families are asking for prayers to get through the hardest time of their lives.
Jai’Von and Shanecquia leave behind a two-year-old daughter, Jai’Lin.
"I just want to keep their memories alive and share pictures of them with her,” Annette said. “Just let her know how much they loved her."
Jai'Von’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston.
The funeral for Jasmine and Shanecquia will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Joshua Baptist Church in North Charleston.
The sisters' mother has set up a GoFundMe account for anyone who would like to help pay for funeral costs.