Twin babies die in single vehicle crash in Orange Grove

Melissa Cantu Trevino
Alice Echo News Journal

ORANGE GROVE - A set of 10-month-old twins  died Saturday afternoon after their mother had a medical emergency as she drove northeast of Orange Grove, said DPS Sgt. Nathan Brandley.

The infants, Jaelynne and Jazarya Rhodes, are two of a set of triplets. Their sibling, Jazmyne Rhodes, was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident. Family said she was with another family member.

Officers responded to a call around 12:36 p.m. to the 300 block of Jennifer Loop after a Chrysler 300, occupied by a woman and her three children, went off the road, crashed into a fence and drove through the property and came to a rest.

Brandley said the woman suffered a seizure and pressed on the accelerator causing the crash. The rear vehicle tires continued to spin even after the stop, and caught on fire.

A neighbor rushed over to the vehicle and was able to get the 5-year-old child out, but could not reach the infants due to the flames, Brandley said. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The mother was able to get out of the vehicle and her and the 5-year-old are expected to recover.

Jaelyne and Jazarya Rhodes passed away Saturday, March 6 in a single vehicle accident when the vehicle they were in crashed and caught fire.

A funeral will be held at Holmgreen Mortuary in Alice on 2061 East Main Street. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 19. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 20 at holmgreen Mortuary. 

A GoFundMe account was set up for the girls' funeral expenses. If anyone would like to help the family.

A fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 13 at 12 p.m. at the Blendy Barbershop and Iron Compound Gym, located at 4701 Ayers Street in Corpus Christi. The event is hosted by So Blendy, Iron Compound and Los Magueyes Restaurant in Orange Grove.

The plate sale will be for $10 and will run until food runs out.