Memorial services are scheduled Saturday for five family members who were killed in a wrong-way crash near Savannah, according to TV station WAVY.
The Robinson family, which is from Portsmouth, Virginia, will have memorial services beginning at 11 a.m. at the Mission Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Driver Sara Robinson, 41, Nathan Robinson 37, and three children lost their lives early last Sunday while driving on Interstate 95 in Georgia after their 2012 Nissan Rogue reportedly was hit by 77-year-old Milton Lee Long of Cooper City, Florida, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Long, who reportedly was driving southbound in a northbound lane, also was killed in the crash.
The children were identified as Stephen Robinson, 12 or 13; Rebecca Robinson, 13 or 14; and Alexander Robinson, 4 or 5.
Brad Barker was an extended member of the Robinson family officially for less than a day. He reportedly married Nathan Robinson’s sister last Saturday in Land O’Lakes, Florida, according to WAVY.
Barker met the Robinsons for the first time last weekend, according to the TV station.
“Them leaving straight from the wedding, it was about six hours into their journey in Georgia when they got into the crash,” Barker told WAVY. “I still don’t know how to feel about this. It’s not one person, it was the whole family.”
Barker said the memorials and well wishes show how much people loved the Robinsons.
Portsmouth residents mourned the family last Sunday, when friends and neighbors held a vigil at their home.
The Robinsons reportedly were returning from the wedding, neighbors told WAVY. When the children in the neighborhood realized the family never was coming home, they wanted to honor the Robinsons with a vigil, the TV station reported.
Children decided to bring candles, Teddy bears and other objects to the family’s home, according to WAVY.
While the neighborhood children are sad, they wanted everyone to know the Robinsons were like their own family.
“Becca and Miss Sara were always so sweet to us and so loving and so welcoming, so we decided to do something and loving for them,” Tomya McCall told the TV station.
“I was really close with them. I’ve known them for almost six years, and I was really close with Becca. And it’s almost our six-year anniversary. I just miss them so much,” Madison Cox told WAVY on Sunday night.
Officers received reports of a white Lexus traveling southbound in a northbound lane of I-95, Liberty County sheriff’s deputy Lt. Jason Colvin said.
Deputies were headed there when the crash was reported in the Midway area, he said.
Deputies arrived to find a head-on collision between the Lexus and an SUV with no survivors, WSAV-TV reported.
The driver of the 2017 Lexus RX350, which had Florida license plates, was killed, Georgia State Patrol trooper Markus White said.
Long, the 77-year-old man, was traveling alone, according to the GSP.
Midway is about 25 miles southwest of Savannah.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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