Two Nassau County, Florida teens died on Sunday going home from Sunday Services at the First Baptist Church. Kaleb Whitemore was driving home with Diane Lee Mumford as a passenger. For unknown reasons according to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Ford pick up truck skidded off the road, overturned three times, and then ejected both teens from the vehicle. Unfortunately, neither Kaleb or Diane were wearing seat belts. Kaleb and Diane were transported to Shands Jacksonville Hospital where they died.
Diane Mumford was a junior at West Nassau High while Kaleb Whitemore was homeschooled and previously attended West Nassau High.
Further investigation will be completed by Florida Highway Patrol to determine the cause and manner the accident. The family may also wish to retain a private accident reconstruction expert and / or a Florida personal injury attorney / lawyer to try to get some answers as to this tragedy.
Earlier in the year, Brooke Dover, a 17 year old cheerleader, died in an accident in Baxley, Georgia. Another former student, Kim Enlow, died in injuries from a four car accident on Lem Turner Road in August 2007.
The Nassau County and West Nassau High community have seen their share of grief from these accidents and deaths.
To those who are grieving this loss or others who are dealing with the untimely death or serious injury of a child in Florida, it is important to have family around and lean on family and friends in dealing with the grieving process.
“The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.” Quoted in The Angels’ Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994
Hopefully, those who have untimely suffered the loss of a child from an automobile accident or other tragedy – the angels (in the form of spiritual ones, family members, friends, and the community in general) will be there for support and comfort.