Early morning crash kills mom, 1and 2-year-olds

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Three people died early Tuesday, March 6, when their car crashed on U.S. Highway 63, north of Nestle Road.

According to Arkansas State Police, a 2005 Chevy Impala driven by Brittany Nichols, 23, was traveling northbound around 1 a.m. when it entered the median and overturned several times. Investigators say the car came to a rest in the southbound lanes of the highway.

The Craighead County Coroner Toby Emerson pronounced Nichols, her two-year-old daughter Breniyah and one-year-old niece Deriana dead at the scene.

Nichols' 19-year-old sister, Tyisha Smith, was taken to The Med in Memphis but was released late Tuesday morning. Daveon Green, Nichols' two-year-old nephew, remains in critical condition at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

Emerson said all five were thrown from the vehicle because none was wearing a seat belt.

The tragic accident came as a shock to Taurus Cooksey, the site manager at the Garden Manor apartment complex in Jonesboro. Nichols moved there over a year ago with her sister from West Memphis.

"They're just a good family, church-going. We never had any problems out of them," Cooksey said. "The information that I received today about her death was just shocking to me. My prayers go out to her family."

Cooksey says Nichols would often talk about her move to Jonesboro as a chance to better her future for herself and her young daughter.

"They always talked about that they wanted to stay to just go back to school and just become better citizens," Cooksey said.

Cooksey added that Nichols possessed a strong faith, which she says will undoubtedly comfort the family during this time of loss.

"One thing that I know for sure is that they knew the Lord," Cooksey noted, "and that the Lord will you give you rest in a time or situation like this."

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