ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A tragic crash kills three women in north St. Louis County. The tragedy unfolded on New Halls Ferry Road near Seven Hills Drive; two of the victims were coworkers.
Police have identified 56-year-old Helene Seper, 57-year-old Sherry Person, and 49-year-old Crystal Fowler as the victims.
A moving tribute of a dove was released to honor three women killed in the car crash. Donovan Meeks works for different funeral homes across the country releasing doves at burial sites, and he said he knew two of the victims.
“They watched me grow up as a kid. It’s very sad they died in such a tragic way,” Meeks said. “It’s a big loss for me and the community.”
The crash happened Monday around 9 p.m.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Seper was traveling south on New Halls Ferry Road in a Ford Fusion when it crossed the center line and struck an oncoming Cadillac SUV. Police said it’s unclear what caused her to lose control.
Friends said that Fowler and Person were in the Cadillac. They worked at a funeral home in St. Louis. Carmen Fluker said the victims trained her when she was an intern.
“They trained me down to the core. They wanted to make sure I was going to be like them,” she said. “They were not just my coworkers; they were my sisters and my second mothers.”
Fluker said one of the victims was a mother of 10.
“I met 5 of her children. She was a very hard worker, single mom, and didn’t take no mess,” she said. “She came to work every day and still was a good mother to her kids.”
Wednesday, the Serenity Funeral and Cremation Service released a statement, praying for the victims who worked there as the administrative assistant (Person) and funeral director (Fowler).
“It’s our core ministry to provide compassion and support to families across our community. Now we find ourselves comforting one another and the families of our colleagues. Sherry and Crystal were inseparable. They were an endless source of knowledge and energy, powering the entire team. They joined the Serenity family when we initially established our St. Louis location. Their individual and collective skills were integral to our prosperity. They will remain in our spirits forever.”
The family of the victims have provided a GoFundMe to support in the midst of the tragedy.