2013-04-10 / Front Page

Queens Tots Killed, Parents Critical In Ohio Highway Crash

By Liz Goff

The two young children of a city Corrections Department officer were killed on April 4 in a devastating car crash on an Ohio highway that left Rikers Island guard Shakia Crumpton, 36, and her husband, Rashon Crumpton, 38, critically injured.

The family was traveling home from a family visit in Columbus, Ohio at about 8 a.m. on April 4 when their Chevrolet TrailBlazer slammed through a median into oncoming traffic on Interstate 76,

Authorities said the family was driving back to their home in Glendale, Queens at about 8 a.m. on April 4 after attending a funeral for Shakia Crumpton’s grandmother in Columbus, Ohio when Rashon Crumpton lost control of their Chevrolet TrailBlazer.

The vehicle slammed through a highway median into oncoming lanes, rolled several times, then crashed into a tractor trailer, a spokesperson for the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

Shakia Cumpton was sleeping with Pedro Crumpton, 7 and his sister Paris, 2, in the backseat of the vehicle at the time of the crash, the spokesperson said. The parents and children were thrown from the vehicle as it rolled across the highway and the children wee killed instantly, the spokesperson said.

Authorities said the family’s dog survived the crash and was taken to a nearby veterinary clinic for treatment of minor injuries.

The husband and wife were hospitalized in critical condition, but doctors said on April 5 that Rashon Crumpton was paralyzed from the neck down as a result of catastrophic injuries he suffered in the crash.

“t’s heartbreaking,” said Norman Seabrook, president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association. “We are going to do everything we can for them.”

Shakia Crumpton worked as a guard at a women’s facility at Rikers Island and her husband worked in construction, family members said.

It is unclear if the parents or children were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, the spokesperson said.


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