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Kansas mom, 4 kids dead after their SUV split into two in crash with semi-trailer that didn't stop at signal

The victims have been identified as Jessica Noel, Anaiah Williams, Jeffrey Williams, Hank Williams Mack Williams
UPDATED SEP 29, 2020
Jessica Noel with her chirldren (GoFundMe)
Jessica Noel with her chirldren (GoFundMe)

SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS: A mother and her four children reportedly died after a horrific accident that split their SUV into two parts. The incident took place on Friday, September 25, shortly before 5 in the evening when a semi-trailer loaded with grain ignored a stop sign and ran into Jessica Noel’s white Ford Expedition, officials said.

The 32-year-old mother to five was out in her car with her four kids, identified as Anaiah Williams (10), Jeffrey Williams (4), Mack Williams (23 months), and Hank Williams (4 months). She was driving on 263rd Street when the driver of the semi-trailer heading east on 71 Street South did not stop. Noel’s vehicle struck it, resulting in a fatal accident. The woman and her three kids died on the spot while the fourth child Mack died at a hospital. The accident did not cause any harm to the trailer’s driver, who has not yet been charged in the fatal crash, The Daily Mail reported.

It has been reported that Noel’s husband, Jeffrey Williams, got to know about the tragedy when he went to the accident site near their house. Noel's brother-in-law told KSN: “My heart and my family are broken over the loss of my sister-in-law and my four nieces and nephews. There are just no words…Thank you to whoever has reached out by email, text, or otherwise. We are taking it one day at a time.”

Jeffrey’s niece, Alyssa Pappan, has started a GoFundMe page for the devastated family. The description of the fundraising read: “On Friday, September 25th, 2020, my Uncle Jeff returned home with my cousin Brooklyn (10) after work to an empty house after his wife said she was getting groceries but had not returned with the four other children. Jeff made phone calls and then got a call from a good friend concerned about a car accident close to their home. Jeff went to the scene of the accident.

“He was told that it was a white Expedition and that only one person survived. Jeff proceeded to Wesley Medical Center where he waited for hours to find out that his twenty-three-month-old son Mack was very critical, but fighting. Tess (Jessica) and three of the children died on impact. Twenty-three-month-old Mack fought hard but succumbed to his injuries on September 26, 2020. We are asking for assistance to pay for the medical expenses and funeral arrangements for all 5 members of the family. Anything you can give will be appreciated during this extremely difficult time of grief and unfathomable loss.”

The 35-year-old father and ten-year-old Brooklyn are only the surviving members of the family. The fundraising has received more than $70,000 to help the grieving family.

In another incident that took place in July, a California family was left devastated after a horrific car crash took the lives of their two children. A GoFundMe page stated that parents Brad and Crystal Sparks were returning back home after staying with their friends for two weeks. The mother, who was also seven-month pregnant, had been driving the car when she reportedly experienced driver fatigue which resulted in the accident.