Women killed in car accident remembered at vigil

Nearly a week after a car accident in St. Petersburg killed three women, friends and family gathered for a candle light vigil to celebrate their lives.

Outside the Zion Hill Mortuary on 49th Street South, Pastor Al Baldwin preached the power of faith and prayer.

"Let me tell you something. God don't let nothing happen to his children, amen, that we can't handle," Baldwin said to a crowd of more than two dozen family and friends.

Last Thursday, Grace Collier, Briana Campbell and Jamesia Lang were hit by a car speeding the wrong way along 16th Street South.

The car caught fire. Campbell and Lang died at the scene. Collier was rushed to the hospital where she died a day later.

"I'm going to deal with it. I'm not hurt. I'm happy. God got me," Cheryl Newsom, Collier's mother, said after the vigil Wednesday night.

Police said Marquice Anderson was driving the car that hit the three women.

He ran from the scene and turned himself into police Monday.

Newsom said she's not angry with him.

"I'm just hurt for right now because he took three special ones. Three of them," Newsom said.

The women leave behind six children and a family slowly trying to heal.

Anderson remains behind bars with a $170,000 bond.

The three women will be laid to rest Saturday.

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