Mom & Baby Pass In Crash. Family Takes Closer Look At Photo & Instantly Notice 1 Critical Detail
FaithTap Staff 5/17/2017
Two young mothers and a nine-month-old baby were driving on the road one morning when tragedy stuck. Hannah Simmons, 23, and her baby girl, A'lannah, along with friend Lauren Buteau, 28, perished in the crash, as did Hannah's unborn baby.
Hannah had recently moved in with her fiance, Javont'e Hopkins, 25, and was two months pregnant with their second child. She, her friend and her baby girl were heading to a doctor's appointment.
The Georgia State Patrol has stated that Hannah lost control of her Subaru Legacy and veered into the path of an oncoming truck. The truck driver survived the accident.
Hannah's family has struggled with grief, devastated by the accident. But a photograph snapped by Anisa Gannon, 19, while on her way to work and was stopped by the traffic snarl stemming from the accident has brought some relief to family members.
Anisa's aunt, Tara Noble, noted a breathtaking aspect of the photo, one that Anisa realized could help Hannah's family. So she sought them out and showed it to them. The photo has been shared via social media, leaving others shocked at the sight.
"She said, ‘Anisa, it looks like a pathway up to heaven' ... I just wanted to give them some peace."
Hannah's mom, Judy Simmons, was comforted by the photo. In fact, she keeps a copy of it on her TV. While the photo doesn't bring back her daughter, granddaughter and the unborn baby, it provides a small sense of relief.
"I just needed something to show me that they were in Heaven and that they were OK. And that was my confirmation. Nothing's ever going to be the same, my heart's broken and I miss them daily. If it wasn't for the picture, I don't know, it made it a whole lot better for me."
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Lauren's aunt Jodi Carter said the photo gives her chills and hope. Lauren's mom, Dana Cantrell, said it gave her peace. Lauren, who had two children of her own, also is sorely missed by her family.
Anisa believes the "pathway to heaven" captured in the photo could logically be attributed to the glare from her windshield, but she doesn't care. Neither do the two women's families. To them, including Jodi, the two lights inside the bigger lights appeared as their loved ones' spirits left the scene and drifted toward the glory of God.
"I see God taking them up to heaven. Their spirits, their orbs, are up there. No other explanation."
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The photo and these lights have given the two families something hopeful to cling to. It's reassurance to them that their loved ones now are in God's kingdom. Prayers for these two families.
Sources: People, WSB-TV