A married couple from Temple Hills, Maryland, were on their way to retrieve last-minute groceries for a Labor Day barbeque they were hosting at their home when their vehicle was struck by an SUV, killing both 34-year-old Delonte Antwuan Tobe and his wife Shalaya, 31, reported the Washington Post.
At approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday, the couple was travelling on Tinkers Creek Drive for a few moments before turning right on Kirby Road. As they were turning, a vehicle slowed down to let them turn, but the SUV behind the car passed it and crashed into the couple’s Lexus.
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The Maryland couple, who were married for four years, were rushed to a local hospital but later died as a result of their injuries. The driver of the SUV that struck the couple walked away with minor injuries.
“They said, ‘We’ll be right back in five minutes,'” said Shalaya’s mother, Virginia Moore. “They never came back.”
“I feel like someone has stolen all my joy from me. It’s sad. It’s hard. It’s confusing, and words cannot begin to explain how I feel.”
“We’re just trying to pick up the pieces and figure out what the next move is,” said Angelica Wells, who is Shalaya’s cousin. “They were two great people, and they leave behind three great children.”
According to NBC Washington, before the couple married and had a son together, they were already parents to two other children.
“They were stepparents to each other’s children, but they still treated each other’s child as if they were their own,” said Wells. “They were outstanding parents.”
“When they started talking about what kind of car they were driving, I mean my heart just went out to them. And I was worried whether the kids were in there, but I found out that they weren’t. So, my heart goes out to them because three kids without parents,” said neighbor Laverne Johnson.
“It’s sad. He was a good person,” said Shemeka Drummond, who knew Delonte since they were children. “It’s heartbreaking to see such young people die in that kind of way.”
Shalaya’s mother is planning to raise her daughter’s two children, while Delonte’s 10-year-old son will be living with his biological mother.
As of yet, no charges has been filed against the driver of the SUV who caused the Labor Day weekend crash that killed Delonte Antwuan Tobe and his wife. A vigil was held for the couple Friday night at James Ryder Randall Elementary School.
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