Newaygo boys, 8 and 9, killed in Fla. crash

Boys' 7-year-old sister also injured in crash

Nicholai, Nehemiah and Nina. (Courtesy 'Andrew and Sara Bird Family Fund' GoFundMe account)
Nicholai, Nehemiah and Nina. (Courtesy 'Andrew and Sara Bird Family Fund' GoFundMe account)

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. (AP/WOOD) — Two young boys from West Michigan died in a crash in northeast Florida when an SUV driven by their mother overturned.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the alcohol-related crash happened Saturday night in Fernandina Beach, which is north of Jacksonville. Killed were 9-year-old Nicholai Capallia and 8-year-old Nehemiah Capallia-Bird of Newaygo.

The SUV was driven by 33-year-old Tonya Capallia-Eason, reports WTLV, the NBC affiliate out of Jacksonville. According to a spokesperson for the Newaygo Fire Department, she is Nicholai and Nehemiah’s mother.

An incident report says Capallia-Eason failed to negotiate a right-hand curve in the road and the SUV veered across the road and into a grassy shoulder. It hit a utility pole and overturned.

Troopers say the injured passengers included children ages 15, 14, 13, and 7. All were taken to a Jacksonville hospital.

The 7-year-old, who according to a GoFundMe page for the family is Nicholai and Nehemiah’s sister Nina, sustained critical injuries.

The GoFundMe page says the three children’s father, Andrew Bird, works for Life EMS and his wife is a Newaygo County 911 dispatcher. They are both Newaygo firefighters.