East St. Louis woman coping with loss of daughter, granddaughter in accident

EAST ST. LOUIS ILLINOIS (KPLR) - An East St. Louis family is looking for answers after a horrific car crash left a mother and her young daughter dead.

The Illinois State Police say the deadly crash is still under investigation.

Meanwhile the family of Tamika Thornton and her 12-year-old daughter C’MIA Thomas are preparing to bury their love ones.  They say they have more questions than answers.

Gail Ward is still trying to come to grips with losing her daughter Tamika Thornton and her 12-year-old granddaughter C’Mia Thomas.  Ward says preparing to bury them is both heartbreaking and over whelming," I never thought that I would bury one of my kids, let alone my grand baby, " said Gail Ward.

According to the Illinois State Police, the crash happened shortly after 2 pm Friday at the intersection of St. Clair Avenue and 79th Street.

Thornton, was driving a Chevy Suburban eastbound on St. Clair Avenue. Police said Thornton attempted to turn north onto 79th Street from St. Clair at the traffic light when her Suburban was struck by a Chevy Impala driven by a 33-year-old male traveling westbound.  Both Thornton and C'Mia were ejected. Now the victim’s family is now seeking answers. Witnesses at the scene said whoever was driving the vehicle was doing about 100 miles per hour," said Ward.

Thornton was on her way to pick up her other two daughters, ages 10 and 4 from school, but never made it.”  I was scared that all four may have been in the truck," said Ward.

Thornton did not have insurance and a GoFundMe page has been set to help pay for funeral expenses, and the ongoing care of Thornton's two other daughters.

Authorities say once the investigation is completed the information will be turned over to the St. Clair County State's Attorney Office which could take a few weeks.  The driver of the other vehicle survived the crash.