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UPDATE: Memorial fund established for young crash victims

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Investigators on scene Friday. Photo by Kristen Conner Investigators on scene Friday. Photo by Kristen Conner

BRUSHFORK (WVVA) - A memorial fund has been established to help pay for funeral expenses of two young girls killed in a car accident last Wednesday.

A fund for 19-month-old Daralynn Cook and 4-year-old Madison Jade Tiller has been set up at First Community Bank, the Mercer County Sheriff's Office tells WVVA.

Contributions can be sent to First Community Bank, PO Box 3068, Bluefield WV, 24701.

Funeral arrangements have been made for the girls. Madison's funeral is scheduled for Tuesday at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell. Daralynn's funeral is scheduled for Friday at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton.


BRUSHFORK (WVVA) - Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil Sunday night in memory of the young victims of a deadly crash that occurred just outside the church's doors.

Community members gathered at Deliverance Temple in Brushfork, four days after the crash, in which two young girls ages 4 years and 19 months were killed.

Those in attendance lit candles, prayed and sang uplifting songs to honor the memories of the young lives lost.

Pastor David Kirby said the service was held to bring the community together during a trying time.


BRUSHFORK (WVVA) - Investigators were back at the site Friday of a deadly accident that claimed the lives of two young girls less than two days earlier.

At the site, Sheriff Don Meadows said he believes investigators know the cause of the crash and he expects charges to be filed, pending the findings of the State Police reconstruction team.

"I don't think there's any doubt there's going to be charges filed in this case," Meadows said.

On Wednesday evening, a Chevy Corsica driven by 28-year-old Terri Wright of Glen Lyn, Va., was struck twice on Route 52 in Brushfork, killing two children secured in car seats on board.

Meadows revealed Friday that the victims were both girls, ages 4 years old and 19 months old.

He said the investigation was especially difficult on everyone involved, due to the ages of the victims.

Wright was listed in fair condition Friday morning.


BRUSHFORK (WVVA) - Mercer County sheriff's deputies have released more information on last night's tragic accident that claimed the lives of two young children.

Terri A. Wright, 28, of Glen Lyn, Va., was driving a 2000 Chevy Corsica when it was struck by two separate vehicles -- a Ford Ranger and Toyota RAV4 -- on Route 52 in Brushfork.

Two preschool-aged children inside the vehicle were killed as a result of the crash, Lt. Joe Parks said during a Thursday evening news conference. Both children were buckled in age-appropriate safety seats that appeared to be properly installed.

The names of the children are not being released.

Wright suffered extensive injuries and was transported to a Roanoke hospital.

The driver of a 1994 Ford Ranger, Harold Brown of Bramwell, was treated and released for a back injury at Princeton Community Hospital.

The driver of a 2009 Toyota RAV4, 40-year-old Jackson Carter of Princeton, didn't request treatment for injuries at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation by the sheriff's department and West Virginia State Police.

A state police reconstruction expert has been assigned to help determine the cause of the crash.

Parks said there was no evidence at this time to suggest alcohol was a factor.


BRUSHFORK (WVVA) - Two children were killed after a three-car accident on Route 52 in the Brushfork area, 911 confirms to WVVA News.

Route 52 was closed for several hours Wednesday evening as crews worked the scene of the deadly crash near Deliverance Temple Church.

The crash occurred just before 7 p.m. The road re-opened around 10 p.m.

911 dispatch says both children were in car seats. An adult female was also injured. The extent of her injuries are unknown at this time.

WVVA will provide more details as we receive them here and on WVVA News at 11.


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