|18-year-old Stone Mountain youth loses entire family in crash|
|Written by Joshua Smith|
The Stephenson Middle School community in Stone Mountain is rallying around Nicole Mallett.
The 18-year-old lost her mother, father and brother in a fatal car accident during the holidays.
Mallet’s mother was an administrative assistant at the school; her brother was a 7th grade student at Stephenson. Her parents owned a Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill franchise store for about seven years on Rockbridge Road in Lithonia.
The family was killed on Dec. 27 when their Toyota Camry was hit from behind by a semi-tractor trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike. The Mallets were traveling home from visiting relatives when cars in front of them slowed.
A tractor-trailer could not break in time to avoid hitting them, police said. Mallet’s father, Ainsworth, 51, mother Jacqueline, 49, and 12-year-old brother, Drew, were killed and pronounced dead at the scene.
Nicole Mallet is physically stable, but family friends say she is devastated and still has a lot of questions about what happened to her parents and little brother.
The family’s dog was also killed in the wreck.
The Stephenson community held a prayer vigil on Sunday, Dec. 30.
“Over 250 people came out to the candlelight vigil to show support for the Mallet family,” said Stephenson Middle School PTSA Vice President Keith Lamar. “The vigil served as one big hug from the community. The family is still up in the air with emotions. We are working on ways to support Nicole during this tragic loss.”
Mallett, who had just finished her first semester at Georgia Southern University, remains in the care of relatives
Golden Krust (GK) President and CEO Lowell Hawthorne, expressed his condolences through Golden Krust’s web site.
“We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of our GK franchise operators Ainsworth and Jacqueline Mallet and their twelve-year old son Andrew in a tragic car accident along the New Jersey Turnpike on the morning of Dec. 27. The Mallets were hard-working operators who had a great relationship with their customers and represented the brand well in Lithonia, Georgia,” said Hawthorne. “They will be sorely missed. In the meantime, the GK family stands ready to offer any assistance we can give to the surviving daughter Nicole and extended family members during this time of great sorrow and loss.”
New Jersey State Police are investigating the accident and at press time were still trying to determine whether or not to charge the driver of the tractor-trailer.
Funeral services set.
Funeral services for Ainsworth, Jackie and Drew Mallet will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, 11 a.m. at the Assemblies of God Tabernacle, 1580 Agape Way, Decatur.
A public viewing will be held on Jan. 4, 1 8 p.m. at Gregory B. Levett and Sons Funeral home, 4347 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur.