Mom of 2 Dies in Car Crash While Doing Extra Job to Provide for Family: 'Heaven Gained an Angel'
Merely days before her birthday, a young mother took an extra job delivering food on the weekends to make some extra income for her family. While traveling for work one day, she met with a heart-rending tragedy that left her loved ones in pieces. Would their lives ever be the same again?
Sunshine Nicole Williams was an affectionate daughter, a caring sister, a loving wife, and a devoted mother. She lived with her husband, Drake Williams, in Lexington, North Carolina. Sunshine and Drake's paths crossed in middle school, and they instantly fell in love.
The duo were high school sweethearts and had been inseparable since middle school. Sunshine was loved and cherished dearly by her family and friends. According to her mother, Teresa Lane, she had a bubbly and warm personality and had hundreds of peers.
A Ray of Sunshine
After marrying the love of her life, Sunshine started her beautiful family and welcomed two children, Kaylee and Malakia.
Lane said that her daughter was just like her lovely name and brightened up any room she walked into. She added:
"She was an amazing mom, friend, mother, and daughter, she loved everybody. She was sunshine."
A Hard-Working Mother
Sunshine was a full-time mom, and according to her family, she had recently undertaken the job of delivering food with her brother on the weekends to make some extra money for her family. Lane said it was a regular day when her daughter left the house alongside her disabled brother, John, 27.
Even more heart-shattering, the young Lexington woman was set to celebrate her 22nd birthday on September 23.
A Sad Day
The brother-sister duo took off on the afternoon of Saturday, September 17, 2022, with Sunshine in the driver's seat of her 2006 Toyota Scion. Lane shared that Sunshine and John had finished one Door Dash delivery and were headed to their next one when the unthinkable happened.
According to the High Point Police, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado driving north on US 29 ran off the road and over-corrected, colliding into Sunshine's car traveling south.
The Hardest Goodbye
The cops identified the truck driver as 26-year-old Joshua Anderson, who initially said he swerved while trying to avoid what he believed was a tire tread or a plastic bag on the road. Later, he admitted that he might have looked down at his phone for a second, but he couldn't remember.
The accident's impact was so deadly that it instantly claimed the life of 21-year-old Sunshine. Her brother, John, who was in the passenger seat, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was said to have survived miraculously.
John and Anderson were both taken to the hospital and treated for their injuries. When Sunshine's family learned the news of her tragic demise, they were in sheer denial. Her mom, Lane, recalled:
"I didn't think it was real, I just thought not my baby."
Broken Beyond Repair
The heartbroken mother noted that it was an incredibly challenging time for her family. Lane said her sweet daughter was still breastfeeding and left behind a grief-stricken husband and two babies. She expressed:
"I will never get to hold my baby girl again and tell her how much I love her she was the best person to everyone and the most amazing mom and wife I can't even breathe right now I'm totally broken (sic)."
A True Blessing
Sunshine's mom has created a crowdfunding page to cover funeral and memorial expenses for her beloved daughter. As of September 21, over $7,000 have been raised of the $10,000 goal, and more donations continue to pour in.
Even more heart-shattering, the young Lexington woman was set to celebrate her 22nd birthday on September 23. Several loved ones fondly remembered Sunshine as a blessing and penned heartfelt notes. Hailey Mize wrote:
"Sweet Sunshine Nichole Williams you were taken way too soon. I’ve seen you become such a beautiful mother and wife. Your friendship was truly a blessing. Heaven gained an angel."
Another loved one, Candra Lee May, wished Sunshine a very happy birthday in a touching post:
"Happy almost birthday sweet angel. You were an incredible daughter, sister, friend, wife, and mother. My heart is broken for your family especially those babies... we love you forever."
Supporting the Family
Moreover, May also created a separate GoFundMe account to provide financial assistance to Sunshine's husband of six years and help him take care of the kids. As of September 21, $1,300 have been raised of the $20,000 goal. May wrote:
"A group of Sunshine's life long friends are starting this fundraiser in order to provide financial aid to her new widower as he learns to care for these two small children while simultaneously grieving the loss of his wife."
Remembering Her Daughter
Sunshine's loved ones are planning to set up a memorial in her loving memory near the crash site. According to the High Point Police Department, the case remains under investigation.
A devastated Lane took to Facebook and said she knew her daughter was in heaven but still struggled to come to terms with her loss. The distraught mother said Sunshine was her go-to person, with whom she could discuss anything.
A Heartbroken Mother
Lane mentioned that she would miss the videos her lovely daughter sent her daily and how they bonded over random things. She also added:
"[Baby] we will all see you again when it's our time. [I] will love [your] babies and make sure they will always remember you and how much you loved them. [God] this hurts so much."
In His Wife's Loving Memory
According to Sunshine's husband, Drake, a memorial will be held for her on Thursday, September 22. He announced the news in a Facebook post:
"I ask that clothing be respectable and formal, dark or bright colors. I know she wouldn't want a room full of darkness when she's literally the embodiment of light. Thank you all for everything."
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sunshine's family as they navigate life in this difficult time. May the young mother's soul rest in eternal peace. We are sure she would always watch over her babies from heaven.