A Satsuma mother was killed in a car accident last Monday while heading home from planning her son’s funeral.
Sixty-three-year-old Clarissa Murphy’s 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche was rear-ended by a 2010 Infiniti G35 in Mobile County, Alabama, just six days after her son died.
Officials said she was not wearing her seat belt when the crash occurred, and she was flung from the car.
The accident happened near Chickasaw. Troopers responded to the scene around 2:30 p.m. Murphy’s remaining son Davon Lyons said his mother had been taking his brother’s death very hard. He said she didn’t want to leave the house and just preferred to grieve with her family.
However, on Monday, she decided to leave home for the first time to go to see her son’s widow. She didn’t want her to have to finalize the funeral arrangements alone.
Lyons said he was still finding it difficult to process his sibling’s death when Murphy was killed.
Lyons’ wife, Rosalyn Valcourt said she got the news on her phone from a TV station’s push alert. She said she began to pray and worship and tried to stay in control until she got home.
Valcourt said the family was still trying to process what happened and how it happened.
Murphy was known as “Sally Girl,” to family and friends. Her relatives said she was a loving woman with a big heart. Murphy and her son, whose name has not been released, were set to be buried in a double funeral.
The man who hit Murphy has been identified as 29-year-old Brandon Mann. He was not injured in the crash. It is not clear whether he will face charges.
Multiple agencies responded to the crash, but the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency will lead the investigation.
If you lost a loved one in a crash, reach out to an Alabama car accident lawyer.