[UPDATE] Funeral for Tallahassee Mother and Daughter Killed in Crash

By: Eyewitness News, Amy Long, Jerry Askin Email
By: Eyewitness News, Amy Long, Jerry Askin Email

UPDATE 05-31-2011 at 6:30pm by Jerry Askin

A woman and her young daughter killed in an accident last week were laid to rest Tuesday morning.

Eric Reeves joined hundreds of people Tuesday as they remembered 24-year old Nicole Powell and her 5-year old daughter Hannah. Both who died last week in a car accident.

Reeves says, "This is a major catastrophe. You only lose one family member you lose two, and anytime there's a child involved, it magnifies it."

Troopers say last Wednesday Nicole was riding on highway 27 when the car she was driving, overcorrected and landed in a ditch. Five-year old Hannah died on the scene. Nicole died the next day at TMH.

"People will remember what beautiful people they were and help them memory survive," says Alison Allen.

Alison Allen has known Nicole her entire life and she can't imagine life without her.

Allen says, "Nicole was just a beautiful, energetic spirit. Loved life, loved her family, loved her friends."

"They were wonderful people, they went to church down here and they brought those kids to Sunday school and church," says Sammie Gray.

The mother leaves behind a husband and 8-year old son. Troopers are still investigating the exact cause of the accident. We'll let you know when more information becomes available.

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[UPDATE] 5-31 Noon --

Family and Friends are gathered in Jefferson County to pay their respects to a mother and her young child. The two were killed in a car accident last week.

Troopers say last Wednesday, Nicole was riding on Highway 27 when the car over-corrected, hit a pickup truck, and landed in a ditch. 5-year old Hannah died on the scene and Nicole was pronounced dead the next day at TMH. The family requested there be no media inside, but we were outside at the funeral. At least 200 people are here to say a final goodbye to this mother and her daughter.

We'll bring you more reaction from those who knew Nicole and Hannah personally and the latest on the investigation tonight on Eyewitness News.

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[UPDATE] 5-31 11:20 AM --

Eyewitness News is at the funeral for Hannah and Nicole Powell at Wacissa Pentecostal Holiness church.

Pictures are attached above

Stay with WCTV for details.

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[UPDATE] 5-28 11:00 PM --

Funeral services have been arranged for a mother and daughter killed in a tragic car crash earlier this week.

24-year old Nicole Powell and her five-year-old daughter Hannah will be laid to rest Tuesday at 11 a-m at Wacissa pentecostal holiness church.
Powell crashed her car on hwy 27 on Wednesday.

The viewing will be held Monday at 6p-m at Culley's Meadow-Wood Funeral Home.
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(Update) 5-26 10:38pm by Amy Long

A Tallahassee family deals with heartbreak after a mother and daughter die as a result of a car wreck.

Billy Powell keeps a picture of his little girl in a homemade popsicle stick frame in his work truck at Mr. Rooter in Tallahassee.

Five year old Hannah was riding along Highway 27 with her mom and Billy's wife, 24-year-old Nicole Powell Wednesday afternoon, when according to police reports, the car they were in over corrected, slammed into a pick-up truck and landed in a ditch.

Hannah died on the scene and Nicole fought for her life until around 1 o'clock Thursday 5/26 afternoon.

Official reports as to what happened have not been released.

Holly and Justin Tillman , who own Mr. Rooter and have a son in the same class as Hannah's brother, are still trying to grasp the reality.

"I drove by. Her and I always intercept and we'd like wave at each other or something. I actually saw the car and called my husband immediately and said, 'will you have Billy call his wife?" says Holly Tillman.

"In a blink of an eye, you know, your whole world can change. For something like this to happen it's kind of unbelievable." says Justin Tillman.

Powell was on her way to pick up her son from school when the wreck took place.

The FHP report says Nicole wasn't wearing her seat belt. She was ejected from the car. The driver of the pick-up truck involved, Dylan Ortiz was left with minor injuries.

Authorities say they aren't sure what caused Powell's car to go off the road in the first place.

Justin and Holly Tillman have set up a memorial fund for Billy Powell and his 8-year-old son:

Nicole and Hannah Powell Memorial Fund
Set up at Hancock Bank and Mr. Rooter
c/o Mr. Rooter
500 Capital Circle SE, Suite B2
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

Check back to WCTV.TV for updates.
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[UPDATE] 5-26 2:30pm -

Nicole Powell died around 1:00pm on May 26 when she was taken off life support. She was on her way to pick up her 8-year-old son from school when the accident took place.
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[UPDATE] 5-26 Noon -

A Tallahassee mother clings to life. Her daughter died in yesterday's car crash. Today, investigators are working to figure out what caused the accident.

We've called multiple times Thursday morning and still no change. 24-year-old Nicole Powell is in critical condition at TMH.

The car driven by Nicole Powell hit a pick-up truck on Highway 27 near Raymond Tucker Road. Powell's five year old daughter Hannah died. The FHP report says Nicole wasn't wearing her seat belt. She was ejected from the car. The driver of the pick-up truck involved, Dylan Ortiz was left with minor injuries.

"I saw five or six ambulances go up and down the road. I saw the truck and the car on a flat bed, they drove by. The truck was pretty messed up on one side. The car was totally totaled on the passenger side," says witness Charles Harris.

Authorities say they aren't sure what caused Powell to lose control of the car.

We will continue to check on Nicole's condition and update WCTV.tv as soon as more information is released.

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[UPDATE] 5-26 11am -

Eyewitness News contacted TMH to find out the status of Nicole Marie Powell. According to the TMH, Powell is still listed as in critical condition as of 11am.

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[UPDATE] 5-26 7:45am -

Eyewitness News contacted TMH to find out the status of Nicole Marie Powell. According to the TMH Public Relations Office, she is still listed as in critical condition as of 7:45am.

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UPDATE 5-25 8:45 pm

Tallahassee, FL - FHP releases accident report (attached above) which states Hannah Marie Powell, 5, died in the afternoon accident on Apalachee Parkway near Raymond Tucker Road. Nicole Marie Powell, 24, was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where she is in critical condition.

Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

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UPDATE 5-25 5:32pm

Tallahassee, FL - FHP is now reporting this accident is a fatal one. Traffic is still being blocked off, so drivers in the area of Apalachee Parkway and Raymond Tucker Road should use caution and plan for delays.

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Tallahassee, Florida - May 25, 2011 -

Pictures are attached above

Eyewitness News is at the scene of a car wreck where a woman was reportedly ejected from her vehicle. The crash happened at around 2:59pm at the intersection of Apalachee Parkway (US-27) and Raymond Tucker Road.

The crash is listed as a vehicle crash with injuries, according to the FHP website.

The westbound lane of US-27 is blocked off at this time.

The Florida Highway Patrol will not release any details at this time, and will not confirm in there was a fatality.

Stay with WCTV for updates.


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