Mother heartbroken after drunk driver crashes car into trees killing her four children who were in the vehicle with him
The driver, Arnez Jamison Sr., was not wearing a seat belt and was also hospitalized with injuries including a broken leg after the van ran off the road and struck several trees
Four young siblings were tragically killed after a van they were traveling in, and which was being driven by a drunk driver, careened off the road and struck several trees. The victims have been identified as 8-year-old Jamire Halley, 6-year-old Robbiana Evans, 4-year-old Arnez Yaron Jamison Jr., and 2-year-old Ar'mani Jamison, with father Arnez Yaron Jamison Sr., 27, surviving the crash.
According to the Pensacola News Journal, the accident occurred at around 12:30 a.m. in the morning on South Carolina 253, near rural Taylors. Three of the children — Arnez Yaron Jamison Jr., Robbiana Evans, and Jamire Halley — died at the scene of the crash, with Ar'mani Jamison passing away after being rushed to the Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Jamison Sr was hospitalized with injuries including a broken leg. The 27-year-old was charged with three counts of felony DUI resulting in death and one count of DUI resulting in great bodily injury, the latter of which will be upgraded to another DUI resulting in death after Ar'mani's passing. He was also charged with driving with a suspended license and child endangerment. He had been taking the children to meet another one of his children in town when the accident occured.
All four siblings were the children of Jackie Brown, who took to Facebook to mourn their deaths. "4 faces ill never see again," she wrote. "Yall broke mommy with this yall made me so strong at times I thought I was weak this was never part of my plan I love yall and ill see yall real soon idk how to make it without yall here with me .....Rest Well mommies angels [sic]." The post added, "The worst pain I've ever felt. I love yall with all my heart yall was my heart yall kept me going."
Speaking to the News Journal, she said, "I’m just incomplete now without them. They were my everything — my heart, my blood, my breath, my motivation. They helped me get through everything I needed to get through."
"I’ve just got to move forward, be strong." she continued. "I’ve been through a lot. It’s going to take a lifetime to heal, but I’m going to make it. I still have to do it for them. I’ve never been a quitter, so I’m not going to quit now."
This was not the first time that Jamison Sr. has been found guilty of driving offenses. He has reportedly been charged close to 12 times in the past five years for traffic-related offenses such as hit-and-run with property damage. Arrest records also show he was charged with a felony for domestic violence in 2015. It is currently unclear if he will be entering a plea to the charges against him or if he has retained a lawyer. On Tuesday, December 11, Jamison appeared in magistrate court for a bond hearing. He was denied bond and his case will proceed in circuit court.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the children's funerals. It had raised over $49,000 of a $50,000 goal in just four days at the time of writing.