California crash kills local woman
By: Alyssa Boles -- Intern for the Southern Standard
Photo courtesy of Anthony Cheval -- Antelope Valley Times
A woman with long-standing ties to the Warren County community was killed Thursday in California, while several of her children were injured in the head-on collision.
Tori Ann Haywood, 42, a former Warren County resident and current resident of Smithville, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to The Antelope Valley Times.
Four of her passengers, Tyjhai Ladet, 18, Sierra Ladet, 18, Tyzaun Ladet, 18, and Tre Ladet, 18, were injured in the crash, which was caused when another vehicle veered into their lane. The driver of that vehicle, a 20-year-old man, also died.
The Ladet family is known in Warren County and DeKalb County as several of its members have played football and basketball.
The Haywood vehicle was being followed by a car driven by Tia Perkins, who was caught up in the collision but was not injured. Perkins is a current McMinnville resident who was on vacation with the family.
Said Perkins in a Facebook post, “I don’t hate anyone because hate is a strong word, but I absolutely hate people that want to be ignorant and not pay attention while driving. Being involved and seeing everything that happened is the worst feeling.”