Family and friends gathered Wednesday afternoon for the funeral of a mother killed in a quadruple-fatal wreck near Jacksonville.
The visitation for 30-year-old Rachel Elizabeth Delisle started at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Her funeral immediately followed.
A memorial fund has been set up for Delisle's three children at the Marine Federal Credit Union at 4180 Western Blvd. in Jacksonville.
Delisle was killed in a two-vehicle wreck at Highways 258 and 53, just west of Jacksonville, Saturday evening, according to the Highway Patrol. Delisle's infant son survived the crash. But three people in the other vehicle were killed as well, troopers said.
Investigators said 24-year-old Saquan Nelson was driving his Hyundai at 100 mph when he ran a red light and hit Delisle's SUV.
In addition to Delisle, Nelson and his two passengers died in the crash, said troopers.
Delisle's 6-month-old son was the sole survivor and is now back home with his Marine father and two siblings
Delisle was born in Warner Robins, Ga. CLICK HERE to read her full obituary.
"She just had a good heart"-- that's how a New River Marine is remembering his late wife killed in a quadruple-fatal wreck in Onslow County. The couple's 6-month-old son is the lone survivor in the crash.
"I just don't know how he survived, other than just a miracle. I just thank God every day that he's still here," said Lt. Jason Delisle of his 6-month old son, Gabriel.
Gabriel suffered only a few bruises and cuts in the wreck at Highways 258 and 53, just west of Jacksonville, Saturday evening. But the two-vehicle crash killed Gabriel's mother, 30-year-old Rachel Delisle, and three other people.
According to the Highway Patrol, 24-year-old Saquan Nelson was driving his Hyundai at 100 mph when he ran a red light and hit Rachel's SUV at about 5 p.m. Saturday. The speed limit in the area is 45 mph.
Nelson and his two passengers died in the crash, said troopers. Rachel was killed as well.
"She just had such a good heart. She'd never say anything bad about anybody. She always looked for the best in people," said Jason of his late wife.
Rachel and 6-month-old Gabriel were the only people inside the Toyota SUV when it was t-boned by Nelson's Hyundai, troopers said. The infant lived through the wreck thanks to his car seat, said investigators. The child is now back home with his father and two young siblings.
Troopers have identified Nelson's two deceased passengers as 16-year-old Darius Williams and 25-year-old Jonathan Cooper. Williams was a student at Dixon High School. All three were from the Maple Hill area.
Investigators said they found cocaine and marijuana on Cooper's body.
Jason Delisle said despite the wreck, he feels sympathy for the other victims' families.
"I don't blame them. I'm not angry toward them, and I'm praying for them. I know what they're going through," Jason told NewsChannel 12.
Jason said he can at least take comfort in the fact that his wife knew he loved her.
"Never miss an opportunity to tell your loved ones that you love them. Even if you're upset with your spouse, always make time to let them know that you care," said Jason.
Jason added that family members are hoping to have a memorial service for Rachel Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home. They are still making final arrangements.
Prior to Saturday's fatal crash, Nelson had already been charged with reckless driving to endanger, DWI, felony flee to elude, and speeding dating back to 2012, records show. He was supposed to appear in court Monday on those charges.
Troopers said Nelson did carry a valid license, since he had not been convicted on those charges.