Queenie Roux, a 28-year-old Black mother of six children, left behind her McDonald’s job in Sebring, Florida, and made the road trip to Atlanta with five of her kids, reportedly hoping for a new start. But according to WXIA-TV in Atlanta, things took the worst turn when she was involved in a fatal crash on I-75, resulting in her death and the death of her 3-year-old daughter, Queen.
The I-75 highway runs from Florida to Georgia and ends in Michigan. According to WXIA-TV, Roux’s June 23 crash was located in Clayton County, Georgia, just 15 miles away from her destination. The other four children were rushed to a nearby hospital, but injuries have not been specified.
No reports on what caused the crash.
A GoFundMe page was set up for the family to help with burial and funeral costs. With over 950 generous donors in less than a week, the online fundraiser has currently exceeded its $20,000 goal and now contains over $36,000.
Shontanique Roux, another cousin, discussed the unexpected loss of her family members with WXIA-TV.
Revealing that she had plans to visit them in July, she told the outlet, “I just, I can’t grasp it. It hurts. It hurts so bad. You just don’t think this kind of stuff is going to happen. I was telling her I’ll be there at the end of July and I’ll come see her because I have to drive that way.”
The next time I see her, it won’t be her,” she added. “The next time I’ll see that baby, it’s just not going to be the same. We talked all the time.”