DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) The family of a Daphne woman and 3-year-old child who lost their lives in a recent car crash is preparing for two funerals this weekend.
Forty-seven-year-old Chequita Grier was stopped at a stop sign with her grandson, Lathan Chaney when a 16-year-old girl lost control and slammed into them.
Grier died later that day. Lathan died Thursday. Grier's coworkers are speaking out on the eve of her and her grandson's funerals.
"We were looking hopeful that the child would make it, now we're looking at two funerals and its had an impact on our team and the community as a whole," said Paige Rucker with Project Rebound, the counseling agency where Grier worked.
Friday, coworkers came to say goodbye to Chequita. Grier's family is now dealing with the death of her grandson, who along with his 5-year-old sister and mother were also in the car the day of the accident.
"We're not trying to pin any charges on this young lady," said Daphne Police Chief David Carpenter.
The ongoing investigation into what may have caused the teen to lose control of her car has not changed. So far no charges have been filed against the teen, her cell phone records however are being analyzed for evidence of texting or other usage.
"She's hurting. Her family is hurting, the other family is hurting and we don't want to cause any more grief than has already come," said Carpenter.
It's a grief shared by the entire community, those who knew Chequita Grier say her dedication to the families affected by the oil spill will be missed.
"So she's the counselor that helped people she did a lot in this community so it was very very sad when we lost her," said Rucker.
Funerals for both Chequita Grier and 3-year-old Lathan are scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m.
A fund to help the family is posted on the Project Rebound website