A Georgia family is reeling after a crash left two young girls and their grandfather dead and three other children with serious injuries.
They were on their way home from a family barbecue when they were involved in a collision early Sunday morning, relatives said. The crash killed Cedric Reid, 52, and two of his granddaughters, 8-year-old Londyn Strickland and 4-year-old Ariel Strickland.
His wife, Lisa Reid, was in critical condition following the crash and three of their nieces, ages 10 to 15, were rushed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Hospital, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Not much is known about what led to the deadly wreck, Reid’s sister, Linda Lindo, told the news station. According to Channel 2, their van crashed into a concrete barrier at I-285 West around 3 a.m., near the I-75 interchange and Old Dixie Road in Clayton County.
"We’re trying to put the pieces together,” she said.
Lisa Reid was released from the hospital Tuesday and is expected to make a full recovery, Channel 2 reported. The three girls are were still being treated at Egleston.
The rest of the family is preparing for three burial services. Londyn and Ariel were the only daughters of Nikki Strickland, Reid’s daughter.
Lindo said Reid, who was known as “Fuzzy” to his family, was a doting grandfather.
“Fuzzy was the type of person who used to bring strays home as a little boy,” she told the news station. “He loved everything ... He loved life. He loved those grandkids. He loved those babies. He loved them all.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses. As of Wednesday, the campaign had raised more than $3,000 of its $10,000 goal.
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