Elementary school helps students cope after Bowie crash kills 5 kids

WASHINGTON — Northview Elementary School is offering grief counseling following Saturday’s crash along U.S. 301 in Bowie, Maryland, that killed two of its students and three other children.

Five-year-old Paris Dixon and her sister, 8-year-old London, were students at the school.

The girls’ mother, 32-year-old Dominique R. Taylor, was driving along U.S. 301 when their 2005 Chrysler Pacifica crashed, hitting multiple trees, Maryland State Police said.

The two sisters, as well as 6-year-old Rickelle Ricks, 14-year-old Zion Beard and 15-year-old Damari Herald, were all thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

Police said it appeared they weren’t properly restrained.

Taylor and a front-seat passenger, 23-year-old Cornell D. Simon of Oxon Hill, survived.

On Facebook, a grandparent of the children, Sarita Herald, posted, “Our family is experiencing loss like no other. We need your prayers for comfort, peace, strength and stability at this time.”

Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell joined WTOP Radio in March 2018 and is excited to cover stories that matter across D.C., as well as in Maryland and Virginia. 

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