By Ann Rubin
(KSDK) - It was a somber ceremony to remember three relatives killed in a car accident last week. The accident happened at the intersection of Kingshighway and McRee and that's where friends and family gathered Sunday night.
So far no charges have been filed. And police say accident reconstruction could take several weeks. Meanwhile, the Burgess family, which lost three members, is trying to start the healing process.
They returned to the scene of the accident, to sing and to pray. But mixed in with their sadness is disbelief. "I can't believe my daughters is dead," Selina Burgess said. "And my grandbaby is dead. They dead. I can't believe this."
Tawanda Burgess, a mother of four, was killed. So was her sister Sherrie and Sherrie's daughter Serena 2. Her other daughter, Maneabra, survived the crash and was just released from the hospital.
Now, relatives will care for all of the children. "I got my four granddaughters and a grandson. I got them. And that means a whole lot to me," Selina Burgess said.
The accident happened late Wednesday night. Police say there were nine people in the SUV when the driver ran three red lights. He then continued driving erratically, slamming into a tractor-trailer and another car. Besides the three people killed, another eight were injured. Police are still investigating the crash.
For now, the Burgess family is leaning on loved ones, looking for both emotional and financial support. "I just need some help right now. I just believe that I'm standing on faith that it's on the way," Selina Burgess said.
They're hoping others listen to their story and learn from what happened. They hope other drivers buckle up and slow down. "We're having too many senseless accidents taking people's lives and it's getting out of control when people can just slow down and drive like they've got some sense," Tawanda's fiancé, Eric Armstrong Sr., said.
The Burgess visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Ronald Jones Funeral Home at 6808 West Florissant. The funeral is set for Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Metro Christian Worship Center at 3452 Potomac in St. Louis.
The family has also set up a fund under the Burgess name at Bank of America to help pay for their expenses.