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Last week, two women of Spelman College died in two separate car accidents.

Senior Erica Lanier, of Stone Mountain, Ga, died after a car accident Wednesday.

Alexis Sims, a graduate of Spelman, was driving when she crashed her car, killing Lanier. According to 11 Alive WXIA, Sims was charged with vehicular homicide, and DUI. Reports from the police say that Sims was speeding when she lost control and crashed into a utility pole and fence. Sims is still hospitalized.

The family of Erica Lanier is not mad at the driver and prays for her recovery, according to WSB-TV.

An active student, Erica Lanier was an education studies major and was one of the founders of Gifted Girls of Grace, a program that focuses on empowering teen girls. Lanier was a member of the Morehouse “Mahogany-n-Motion” dance team.


In Monrovia, Liberia, 19-year-old Princess Yates was killed in a car accident. She was visiting the country to celebrate her grandmothers 90th birthday. 11 Alive reports that Yates withdrew from Spelman where she was a double major in engineering and environmental science.


On top of her tragic death, the Staten Island, N.Y. native was refused treatment at the hospital she was taken to because “she had no money on her.”

As of now, there are two fundraisers going on now to cover the cost of bringing Yates home to be buried in the U.S.

(Sources: 11 Alive WXIA & WSB-TV)


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