JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Family tells Action News Jax that 17-year-old Malana Henderson was taking a trip to Walmart when the Honda Accord she was in with four of her friends was hit by a tractor-trailer.
The soon-to-be senior in high school died in the crash and her mother, Showna Henderson describes her as one of a kind.
“I don’t get that back, I don’t get her senior year, I don’t get to go to her wedding, I don’t get to see her have grandbabies and I don’t get to see my child anymore,” the mother said.
Dreams of becoming a cardiologist, Henderson says Malana was her best friend, and they had an unbreakable bond.
“She cared about her friends, she cared about her family and she would spend her whole paycheck trying to help people out,” Henderson said. “Her favorite saying was ‘I got you momma, I will always have you momma and I will work so hard one day you will never have to do a thing in your life’ and she was getting there.”
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the car Malana was in turned in front of the tractor-trailer on Dunn Avenue on Monday, which caused a crash. Henderson tells Action News Jax she had a smile to light up a room and photos given to us show the two together, smiling and laughing.
Henderson says she has only been told the bare minimum as to what happened and is still searching for answers. She says parents should never take anything for granted.
“You should kiss your kids, tell them you love them, hold them tight and don’t take anything for granted because a Walmart trip was all she was doing and now she’s gone,” Henderson said.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured and the driver of Malana’s car has minor injuries while the other three have critical injuries; all of them were wearing their seatbelt.
Action News has reached out to FHP for more have reached out for more information but has yet to hear back.
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