Mother of 12-year-old boy who was shot, killed dies in car accident

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The family of a 12-year-old boy shot and killed in Memphis last month has suffered another tragedy.

The boy’s mother, Simone Hinton, was killed in a car accident Thursday night.

Not only are police searching for the person who killed her child last month, now they’re searching for the driver in a separate incident that left the child’s mother dead after a car crash.

Simone Hinton’s sister confirmed to FOX13 over the phone that Simone was the mother of 12-year-old Ta’Shun Hodrick, who was murdered just weeks ago.

Hinton lost her life on Highway 51 in a crash involving three cars Thursday.

The family was too emotional to talk but said over the phone they have no idea how they’re going to get through this, especially with Christmas just weeks away.

“The whole family and the neighborhood is going through a lot because her and her children grew up out here,” Eddie Brooks, who lives in the neighborhood, said.

Brooks spoke with FOX13 at the same location where he found 12-year-old Ta’Shun Hodrick gunned down on Looney Avenue in a North Memphis neighborhood exactly one month ago.

What’s left of a makeshift memorial remains. It was placed after the Humes Middle School student lost his life to gun violence.

“I’m writing a song that says children dying on TV, a nation dying just to be free, so many things has gone wrong, I don’t believe this world is going to last too long,” Brooks said.

Now friends and family are grieving another loss. This time Ta’Shun’s mother Simone Hinton.

Memphis police say she was killed in a car crash Thursday on Highway 51, south of Northgate Street in Frayser. Police are searching for the driver who drove away.

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MPD says a white Pontiac was traveling southbound on Highway 51 when it forced another car into the northbound lane. The second car tried to get back in the southbound lane but couldn’t and hit a third car head-on.

Neighbors say they feel like they can’t get any relief now that a mother and son are gone.

“The neighborhood is suffering right now,” Brooks told FOX13.

Hinton was the front seat passenger in one of the cars.

Someone who said they were in the car with Simone took to Facebook saying they were on their way to McDonald’s when they heard a loud scream.

A passenger in the back seat of the car with Hinson was taken to Le Bonheur in non-critical condition.

The drivers of the two cars that collided head-on were taken to area hospitals in non-critical condition.

Again, police are searching for the driver of a Pontiac.

A GoFundMe account is set up to help pay for the funeral.