- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - A District of Columbia family is trying to figure out who will care for 10 children whose mothers were killed in one of the most horrific crashes in the area in decades.

Sisters Tameika Curtis and Typhani Wilkerson were killed Friday when a Mercedes-Benz plowed into the back of the car they were in at a stop light. The sisters were passengers in car that a close family friend was driving. Their friend’s two children, a 1-year-old and a 13-year-old, and a 21-year-old passenger in the Mercedes-Benz also were killed.

The driver of both cars and a passenger in the Mercedes survived. Prince George’s police are investigating what caused the crash but said speed and weather may have played a role. No charges have been filed.

Family members said Curtis, 35, had eight children, including a set of twins and a baby born six weeks ago. Wilkerson, 32, had two kids, a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy.

Curtis’ and Wilkerson’s sister, Nina Bell, said their loss is “horrific.”

“I’m trying so hard to maintain composure, to be strong,” Bell told The Washington Post, (https://wapo.st/1sHeRP7 ). “There are so many children that need me to be strong. I feel like I was robbed.”

Anthony Hardy, 22, Curtis’s stepson, said his father will take care of Curtis’s two oldest children, Hardy’s half-brother and half-sister. The family is still making arrangements for the other children.

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Information from: The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com

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