ACCIDENT ON WAY TO CHURCH


Published: Monday, July 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 1, 2002 at 12:00 a.m.
Live Oak crash kills 3 youths By ASHLEY ROWLAND Sun staff writer LIVE OAK - A Sunday morning car wreck killed two teen-age girls, en route to the church where their father is pastor, and the son of a visiting evangelist who was scheduled to preach that day.
Tamara Nicole Suggs, 17, was traveling south on 129th Road about half a mile west of Live Oak when her car veered onto the northbound shoulder and struck a large oak tree head-on at 9:25 a.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
She was taking her sister, April Suggs, 14, and the two children of the visiting preacher to morning services at the First Assembly of God, a Pentecostal church of 130 members where her father, the Rev. Donald Suggs, is minister.
Tamara, April, and 10-year-old Joshua Jarman of Moss Point, Miss., died in the accident.
Joshua and his sister, Brittany Jarman, 13, had traveled from Mississippi with their parents , the Rev. Ronnie and Tammy Jarman. Brittany survived the crash but was in critical condition Sunday night in Shands at Jacksonville.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Tim Hines said investigators don't know what caused Suggs to drive her 1994 Subaru off the road. He said there was no evidence of alcohol or drug use, and the FHP was still investigating the crash scene to determine if Suggs was speeding.
No one in the car was wearing a seat belt, according to the FHP report.
A First Assembly of God member, contacted at the church Sunday night, said Tamara and April were typical teen-agers who were interested in boys and sometimes played the piano and drums at church. Both were home-schooled, and they had no other siblings.
"Their lives were about church," said the woman, who declined to identify herself. "They were good girls."
Ashley Rowland can be reached at 374-5095 or rowlana@ gainesvillesun.com.
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  • Brittany Jarman, 13, survived the crash but was in critical condition Sunday night in Shands at Jacksonville.
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