Church members to help kids after mother killed in car accident

by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Members of a local church are doing their best to provide for kids after a car accident killed their mother and grandmother. They believe it's the best way to remember a woman who loved her three children.

Police said a drunken driver hit an SUV on Wednesday with Jennifer Hunt, her mother, Marie Crook, and Hunt's two young daughters inside. Crook and Hunt died. The children are expected to be OK.

"You're stunned, and you're shocked," Hunt's pastor, Todd Hahn, said.

The pastor at Next Level Church remembers Hunt's loving personality.

He described her as having a "love for her kids that was transcendent, and a love for children that spilled over … a heart that was as big as Charlotte."

Now he says the church will do whatever it can to help the kids.

"We have set up a fund ... that will provide for the immediate upcoming needs for the family," Hahn said. "We will do anything we can to get them through this."

Hahn  said he also wants to extend forgiveness to the accused drunken driver, Justin Jones. Jones has been charged with DWI and had a previous DWI charge dismissed last year. Eyewitness News stopped by his family's home. A woman answered, but then closed the door.