Four Chicago Moms Killed In Horrific Accident Minutes Before Mother's Day / by

Tragedy struck the families of Bernadette Harris, Leshia Nelson, Alicia Goston & Tyshyra Hines as they learned about their deaths early Sunday morning. These young women were killed minutes before Mother's Day late Saturday night.

Their car crashed into a cement pillar which is used to elevate a Chicago "L" train on the city's west side. Officers said that the car was speeding down the narrow street and the driver lost control of the wheel. The car slammed into the pillar, then a light pole, splitting it in two. Read the article after the break.

Four Chicago mothers out for a night to celebrate Mother’s Day and a friend’s birthday were killed in a crash. They left behind six small children between them.

Just before midnight, the car, which police said was traveling at a high rate of speed, crashed into a cement support column in the middle of the street that holds up the elevated Green Line tracks in the 4800 block of Lake. Witnesses said the car split in two.

Found dead at the scene just after midnight were Tyshyra Hines, 21, Alicia Goston, 22 and Bernadette Harris, 25, the medical examiner’s office said. Ieshia Nelson, 21, of the 1200 block of North Lockwood, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 12:48 a.m.

Police did not say who was driving the car, but relatives said they thought Nelson was. Tatiana Ward — a 23-year-old pal of the women — was in another car full of moms that was en route to meet up with Hines, Goston, Harris and Nelson at a downtown nightclub when she got a call telling them about the crash.

“We’d seen them just 10 minutes earlier — they were having a good time,” Ward said. “We were going to celebrate Mother’s Day after midnight — that’s the chilling part.
“How can you tell the kids when they’re too young to understand?”

Three of the mothers were close friends who lived within a mile of one another in the Austin neighborhood, said James Williams, Hines’ stepfather. The fourth, Harris, was dating Tyshyra’s brother.

“She was my baby,” said Williams. “There wasn’t anything I wouldn’t do for her,” he said, choking back tears.

Anthony Hines described his daughter Tyshyra as a hard-working single mother to 4-year-old Sincere.
Harris was the mother of two girls, 8 and 6, and a 4-year-old boy, her sister Sheila Harris said. Bernadette Harris worked as a medical assistant for a home health care company.

“She was real quiet, she was kind of shy. Hard working. She liked to joke around. She liked to help people. Her kids didn’t want for nothing.”

Nelson’s cousin drove by the crash scene, trying to make sense of what unfolded. “Her mom said she was coming from a party,” Kita Higgins said, referring to Nelson’s mom.
Higgins said Nelson was the mother of a 2-year-old boy.

“She was real nosy,” Higgins said, wiping away tears as she laughed about Nelson’s penchant for getting involved in other people’s business. “But she [also] was real caring-hearted.”

Goston worked at a bookstore and always had a “big, cute smile on her face,” said aunt Keke Goston. She left behind her son Jadan, 2, — “her world” — who did not yet understand what happened to his mother. “She was a very loving mom,” Keke Goston said. “She loved her child.” 

Alicia lived with her own mother in the Austin neighborhood. Her family gathered at her home Sunday to mourn. Last month, Keke Goston said Alicia’s mother noted the two-year anniversary of another child’s death. “[Alicia] was the best thing to ever happen to us,” Keke Goston said, “and I will truly, truly miss my niece.” (SUNTIMES)
This was a very sad story. All of these ladies had children who woke up on Mother's Day with no mom. Could you imagine? How about their mothers waking up to no daughters? I can't imagine what they are feeling right now.

I grew up on that side of town and I know exaclty where they crashed. For those of you who aren't in Chicago, here is what Lake St. looks like...

Their car smashed into one of those pillars at an alarming rate and then hit a nearby light poll, which aren't far apart as you can see. Growing up, I was always afraid when my mom or grandmother drove in between the fixtures. I always feared that they would crash. I felt more at ease when they drove outside of the elevated fixtures.

 My heart and prayers go out to their families and they deal with such a terrible loss.