Hopkinsville Triple Fatal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A mother and two of her children are dead after the vehicle they were traveling in crashed into a pond in Western Kentucky on Oct. 15, 2006.

Kentucky State Police said 27-year-old April Gibson; her daughter, 2-year-old Jameshia Newby; and one-year-old son Jamar Newby were pronounced dead by the Christian County Coroner shortly after midnight.

Police said Gibson had been driving south on Kentucky 109 -- about three miles south of Hopkinsville -- when she lost control of the vehicle, which then crossed over to the left shoulder of the road.

The 1998 Ford Expedition struck an embankment, became airborne and landed at the edge of a pond. Police said Gibson apparently tried to steer away from the pond, causing the vehicle to overturn and land upside down in the water.

Two adult passengers, 21-year-old Niera Brown and 31-year-old Shelita Wilkins escaped along with two of Gibson's other children, a 7-year-old boy, Jalan Gibson and a 5-year-old daughter, Keithmauri Torain. All occupants of the vehicle lived in Hopkinsville, Ky.

Police said none of the adults were wearing seatbelts and none of the children were in child restraints. Authorities said alcohol was not a contributing factor in the crash.

The four survivors of the wreck were transported to Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville. Hospital spokeswoman Louanne Young said Brown, Wilkins and Torain were treated and released. Young said Jalan was transported to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

A spokeswoman at the hospital said Jalan was in stable condition.


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