On Tuesday night, 17-year-old Jaime Nicholson and her 15-year-old sister, Francesca Nicholson, died in a car crash on South Hope Chapel Road in Jackson.

The two girls were proud members of the Jackson Memorial Jaguar Band. They were on their way to band practice on a rainy Tuesday when their car veered over the center line of the road and hit a minivan head on. The driver of the minivan had minor injuries, while Jaime and Francesca were pronounced dead.

Jaime and Francesca Nicholson / Photo courtesy of The Nicholson Family
Jaime and Francesca Nicholson / Photo courtesy of The Nicholson Family

Many in the community describe the Jaguars to be a family. The girls were well liked by their peers and got along with everyone. Now, a school, and more importantly a family is grieving.

I've said this many times in the past and have seen the results. The people of Monmouth and Ocean counties are second to none when it comes to taking care of their own. This is a time when "community" is more important than ever. If each one of us collectively do our little part to help the family of these girls in our own way, big and positive things will happen. Trust me.

None of our towns and no single person is immune to trageties like these. Life can be taken so quickly. What can we do?

First, make sure your children are aware of the dangers of driving. Make sure they are on the defensive and know about dangerous intersections and roads. We could also use a refresher too.

Secondly, enjoy every minute you have with your friends and family. You never know when you'll see them or tell them you love them for the last time.

Finally, in the case of this accident, keep an eye out here for any fundraisers or events that will be happening to benefit the family of these girls. Keep the them and the students of Jackson Memorial in your thoughts.

94.3 The Point remembers Jaime and Francesca Nicholson. Please leave your condolences in the comment section below. Click "Like" to share this with your friends and band together as a community to support our own.


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