The grieving mother said she could just find her teen daughter's bracelet after rummaging through shards of broken glass for hours at the accident site.
A 14-year-old New York City girl, Fortune Williams was killed after being flung from a fast red BMW car. The car, which was being operated by a 16-year-old boy with a learner's permit, hit a parked UPS truck and set off a chain reaction accident, according to authorities. As per, ABC7 NY, the fatal collision involving at least three automobiles occurred on Wednesday, May 17 at 6:40 p.m. in the Springfield Gardens section of Queens. The BMW's teenage driver was brought to the hospital and is now in stable condition, while Williams died at the site of the crash. Responding officers found Williams with severe head trauma on the street and she could not be revived.
Keisha Francis - Mother of Fortune Williams https://t.co/kKNBPXnEAY— Amanda (@evolmanda) May 20, 2023
The BMW was traveling at a "high rate of speed," according to family and authorities, the New York Post writes. "The car was coming basically maybe 90-100 mph," a witness told ABC7 NY. The UPS driver was allegedly knocked to the ground after the driver apparently lost control and smashed into a delivery vehicle that was parked on the road. The BMW "was split in half,” said witness Amos Powell, who lives near where the crash happened. The mother of the victim Keisha Francis said, "As a mother, a mother doesn't want to go through this. I found her bracelet; I can't sleep," after desperately searching through the broken glass for anything that would be a memory of her 14-year-old daughter.
Driving age should be raised at minimum to 18.— 👉𝐔𝐒𝐀𝐁𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐞👈 “David” (@usabornemale) May 20, 2023
Too many kids today are far less mature. Also it should be illegal for a 16 year old driver to be transporting anyone under 18. I believe it is in many states.
The grieving mother added, "My life will never be the same without Fortune." She also said, "I have three children and she showed me more love than anything else. At night I have to cuddle with Fortune, I couldn't sleep last night. I can't live without my daughter." According to a GoFundMe page, Williams aspired to a career in medicine and enjoyed shopping and cooking with her mother. Her mother says she was working a double shift on the night of the accident. Fortune was at home with her older sister, but she went on a drive with her friend. Sadly, she never returned home. Meanwhile, the 16-year-old driver may or may not be charged as per PIX 11.
It has happened again -- another crash with an unlicensed 16-year-old driver behind the wheel.— 48 Hours (@48hours) May 19, 2023
This time a 14-year-old girl from Queens was killed. https://t.co/XlmzS0FxWV
One of the girl's family friends said, "The Yummy Fudge, or the good fortune as I fondly called her, was an absolute delight of a child. She was well-mannered, hard-working, very caring towards her siblings, and always had a secret to tell me whenever I saw her. She was filled with teenage wit and a youthful glamour only she could carry.”
She further added, “I have been making Fortune’s hair since she was in middle school, including the style in her graduation photo up there." She remembered, "Those moments were filled with stories about her school, her passions, and her dreams of working in the medical field one day. And I always teased her to face the books and to remember me when she becomes rich.”
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