Funeral services were held Wednesday for 25-year-old Hannah Holland and her 4-month-old son Jackson Hughes, who both died after a head-on collision in Ringgold, Georgia, earlier this month.
The crash happened shortly after 3 p.m. on Dec. 17 on Alabama Highway near Beaver Creek Lane, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
Holland was driving a 2015 red Mazda traveling south on the highway while another driver in a black 2012 Infiniti QX56 was traveling north. When traveling around a curve, the Mazda veered off the right side of the roadway and then to the left and overcorrected. The cars collided.
Holland was killed in the crash and her son, Jackson, was flown to Erlanger hospital with serious injuries. The 33-year-old driver of the Infiniti QX56 and two children, ages 6 and 9, were also taken by ambulance to Erlanger. Their identities and conditions have not been made public.
Jackson Hughes spent three days in the hospital before dying from his injuries on Dec. 20.
Kim Hughes, his grandmother, said the little boy was in the arms of his father when he passed.
"He fought so hard to stay with his Daddy, but his little body couldn't keep going with the severity of his injuries," Hughes said in a post to her Facebook page. "He is now in the arms of his mother Hannah Holland in heaven."
Courtney Cornelison, Jackson Hughes' aunt, said the entire family is thankful for the support the community has given in the days since the accident. A GoFundMe page she created to assist with funeral expenses has raised more than $11,000.
"You have all blown us away with all the support and donations," she said. "We appreciate every single thought and gesture. We remain grateful as a whole to have known and experienced Jackson, thank you all again during this time."
Kim Hughes said she, too, was grateful for all of the kindness the community has shown her family in recent weeks.
"We would like to let everyone know that we appreciate all the messages of condolences, the outpouring of love and concern that we have received from everyone. We are sorry that we have been unable to respond to all of them," she said. "Please know that we have read them and they have touched each one of our hearts. Please do not think we are ignoring you if we have not responded to you yet. We are just trying to take one day at a time and may not be able to respond right now. We just wanted everyone to know we appreciate your thoughts and prayers so much and when we can we will respond back to you all."
Hannah Holland is survived by fiancé Daniel "Cody" Hughes; mother Kim Holland; sister Emily Holland; grandmother Elaine Wilson; father Mark Holland; half siblings Hunter and Sadie Holland; grandparents Edward and Elaine Holland; and many others.
Jackson Hughes leaves behind his father, Cody Hughes; grandmothers Kim Holland and Kim Hughes and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
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