Fatal church van crash rocks community

Published: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 11:13 AM.

The church’s Facebook page posted a photo of “the Gospel of The Kingdom Angels that lost their lives yesterday.”

“Please keep their families and our church family in your prayers,” the page said.

The church van carrying at least 10 people was headed to Tallahassee when a rear tire blew out on Interstate 10 near Chipley.

The driver lost control and the van rolled over several times, throwing several passengers from the vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Micah’s aunt, Akiba Goldsmith, who lives in Paxton, said Micah was a sweet little girl who always had a smile on her face and that she would do her very best to protect anyone who needed it.

She said Micah’s grandmother, mother and baby sister were in the van as well.

Her mother Akyra Eiland, 30, was taken to Bay Medical Center in Panama City in critical condition. Her condition was unknown on Sunday.

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