Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Remembering those who left too soon
Editor's Note: Between Dec. 27 and New Year's Eve, Solon Patch will count down the top five stories of 2011. We compiled this list in two ways: Feedback from our users and our own editorial judgment. Want to comment on our choices? Head down to the comments section! Top Stories of the Year, No. 4: Tragic Deaths Top news isn't always good news - sometimes it's tragic. While we'd prefer to focus on good news about the community, politics, sports and school happenings, covering the awful things that happen in our community is sometimes unavoidable. This year, there were three fatal accidents that became big news stories. Our condolensces go out to the families and friends of the victims. Maliyah, 11 and Malaka Jones, 38 A fifth grader at …
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The Solon mother and daughter were killed in traffic crash April 18
The wake and funeral services for Solon's Malaka and Maliyah Jones are set for Friday. The wake for Malaka Jones, 38, and her daughter, Maliyah Jones, 11, will begin at 10 a.m. Friday followed by 10:30 a.m. funeral services at Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood Village, 1 Mt. Zion Circle, Oakwood. Arrangements are by Gaines Funeral Home of Cleveland. The Solon mother and daughter, along with traveling companion Sherita Hogans, 29, of Cleveland, were killed April 18 in a traffic accident on the Interstate 77 bridge between Marietta, OH, and Williamstown, WV. Malaka Jones, whose maiden name was Stephens, graduated from the Cleveland School for the Arts in 1991. Maliyah Jones was a fifth-grader at Orchard Middle School.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Wood County officials say a witness' observations may point to a vehicle breakdown as a cause in the crash that killed Maliyah and Malaka Jones, but they may never know for sure
A witness who saw the crash last week that killed a mother and daughter from Solon gave investigators information that indicates the victims' car may have broken down, according to the Marietta Times. Maliyah Jones, 11, and her mother, 38-year-old Malaka Jones, both of Solon, were killed April 18 when a tanker truck struck their stationary car on U.S. 77 on the bridge crossing the Ohio River at the border with West Virginia. Also killed was Sherita Hogans, 29, of Cleveland. Maliyah Jones was a fifth-grade student at Orchard Middle School. Sgt. Brett Pickens with the Wood County Crash Team said the witness' report shows the vehicle may have had a faulty alternator, perhaps causing it to stall on the bridge. "The truck driver believed there…
Friday, April 22, 2011
The Solon residents and a Cleveland woman were confirmed as the victims of a horrific I-77 crash on Monday, according to multiple media outlets
Officials in Wood County, West Virginia, confirmed today that Maliyah and Malaka Jones, of Solon, were both killed in a horrific crash Monday on Interstate 77, acording to the Parkersburg News & Sentinel. Also killed in the crash was Sherita Hogans, 29, of Cleveland, Wood County Sheriff Jeff Sandy told the newspaper. Solon schools officials announced earlier this week that Maliyah, an 11-year-old fifth grader at Orchard Middle School, and her mother, a 38-year-old Solon woman, were both killed in an car crash. Wood County officials had said at the time they believed the victims of Monday's crash were from Solon, but wanted to wait until an autopsy was complete to confirm it.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
A tragic accident in Solon has many children dealing with death and grief, perhaps for the first time
Solon is dealing with a tragedy right now. Worst of all, it involves children. Many residents and their children have already learned that an Orchard Middle School fifth-grader – Maliyah Jones – and her mother, Malaka Jones, were killed in a car crash Monday. This is one of the most difficult things a parent can deal with: How do you explain to your child what death is? How do you help them cope with the grief and loss that they might not even completely understand? Please share your thoughts and experiences below, and hopefully parents struggling with this issue can find some advice and suggestions they can turn to. Also attached to this post is some information on grief shared by the Solon Schools.
Solon Patch has not been able to confirm whether this crash is the same one that killed Malaka Jones and her daughter, Maliyah
Three people who died Monday in a fiery crash on I-77 in West Virginia were driving a vehicle registered to a Solon resident, and investigators believe the people killed were from Solon. Sgt. Brett Pickens with the Wood County Sheriff's Office told Solon Patch and other media outlets that they have yet to confirm the identities of the victims because of the extent of the damage. Pickens said they believe the victims are from Solon and that they are working with the families of those they believe are the victims to identify the remains. Solon Patch cannot confirm at this time whether this crash is the one that claimed the life of Malaka Jones and her daughter, Maliyah. According to the Marietta Times, the victims were taken to the medical …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
In a letter to parents, school officials say that Maliyah Jones, a 5th-grader at Orchard Middle School, and her mother died in a tragic car accident
UPDATE 1:57 P.M. WEDNESDAY: Counselors and staff at a number of Solon schools are helping students deal with the death Monday of fifth grader Maliyah Jones. Schools spokeswoman Tammy Strom said that counselors and staff at Orchard Middle School -- where Maliyah went to school -- and Parkside Elementary and Solon High schools -- where Maliyah's siblings attend -- will have an open-door policy for anyone who needs to talk or reassurance in their time of grief. "Our counselors are very good about keeping their doors open for any student who needs support," Strom said. ----------- A Solon fifth-grader and her mother were killed in a car crash Monday, according to Solon Schools. Solon schools sent out an email alert to parents informing them …