PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Two people are facing charges after a weekend crash in Petersburg claimed the lives of a mother and her pregnant daughter.
Police said the three-vehicle crash happened at about 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of County Drive and Baxter Raod. Christi Noelle Jarratt, 42, and Kaitlyn Jarratt, 25, both of Dinwiddie, were killed. Family members, stunned by the loss, sat down with 8News’ Talya Cunningham, telling her their pain is unimaginable. Faith and family support, however, is what they believe will get them through trying times.
“I’ll never forget her. She was daddy’s little girl and she always will be,” said Mike Jarratt, who in a split second lost his daughter, unborn grandchild and ex-wife.
Jarratt says his daughter Kaitlyn could light up any room she was in. The-25 year-old was pursuing her dreams of becoming a nurse.
It makes it all the more heartbreaking when Jarratt found out the horrific news. According to Jarratt, his daughter, ex-wife and other family members were headed down to Virginia Beach for a weekend getaway when he got the call no parent ever wants to receive.
“The only thing I can pray and hope (is) that nobody suffered,” Jarratt said, visibly emotional. “That my daughter or her mom did not suffer in that crash…that they died peacefully.”
Police charged the driver, Da’ryel Harris, 29, of Petersburg, with two counts of manslaughter, felony eluding, reckless driving and driving without a valid license.
The car’s passenger, Jerron Franklin, 42, Petersburg, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a concealed weapon. Both had outstanding warrants.
Authorities say that Harris led them on a high-speed chase that started in Prince George and ended tragically in Petersburg, with three lives lost.
“A big part of me has been lost, Saturday when my daughter passed– a part of me passed,” Jarratt said.
Austin Boze, Kaitlyn’s fiance, told 8News they were high school sweethearts, planning their wedding and preparing to welcome a child into the world in December.
“She was a beautiful person,” Boze said. “She always saw the good in me, even when I didn’t see the good in me.”
Although Kaitlyn is gone, she leaves behind a piece of her, in their one-year-old son Declan.
“I love her,” Boze said.”I’m going to make sure I do everything I can to make sure that my son knows who she is.”