The Florence community held a vigil Wednesday night for two toddlers and their grandfather who were struck and killed on a highway over the weekend.
Sean and Samantha May, 13-month old twins, and their grandfather, Charles Napier, were on the corner of Tamarack Circle and Weaver Road about 12:40 p.m. Sunday when a 2003 Chevy Malibu veered off Weaver. The vehicle hit two adults walking south on the northbound shoulder. Napier and the other adult were pulling a wagon carrying each of the twins.
"God, we ask that your comfort would overwhelm our grief,” one woman prayed to the crowd of about 100 that showed up.
The family's relatives turned out and thanked organizers.
"I do appreciate everything - all the support and everything you guys are doing,” said Brenda Napier, the grandmother of the children.
Funeral services will be held Friday. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. memorial service at Stith Funeral Home in Florence. Donations can be made at any Fifth Third Bank to the “Napier Memorial Account."
Overcome with emotions, family and friends walked the scene where the three were killed.
More than 100 accidents have happened on that stretch of Weaver Road since 2011. State road officials say only 11 accidents ended with injuries, and just one ended in a fatality.
That lone fatal incident is now touching an entire community.
"My son goes to school with them. He's been there for 11 weeks. It was just near and dear to my heart,” said Nicole Lowe of Florence.
An apartment complex sits just feet from the accident scene, serving as Wednesday's venue. The scene, and the lives lost, have left deep lasting impressions.
"Many of the residents here were here on scene on Sunday. It just really has broken our hearts to have seen what has taken place,” said Tammy Chapin who works for Trails of Saddlebrook apartments, where the vigil was held.
Two others who were hit in the accident, the twin's brother and another adult, had minor injuries from the incident.
The cause remains under investigation. The driver of the vehicle that struck the family, Jessica Hood, 22, has not been charged.
Police say she's cooperating with the ongoing investigation, and stayed on scene after the crash.
They took her cell phone to see if she was using it at the time of the crash.