Family of 5 were headed home from church event when 4 were killed in crash on I-75

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. — Friends say a Cartersville family of five was on their way home from a church event when they were involved in a crash that killed five people.

Dakarai and Erin Mason, along with their 14-year-old son Brandon, were all killed in the crash on I-75 in Bartow County Sunday. Aimee Odom, 21, who was in another vehicle, was also killed.

Family friends updated an online campaign on Wednesday to say that 6-year-old Titus, who was in critical condition, was pronounced dead and removed from life support on Wednesday morning.

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Investigators said the Kia that the Mason family was traveling in veered across the center median, setting off a chain-reaction crash. It’s unclear why to vehicle went off the road.


The Masons’ youngest son, 5-year-old Noah, was injured in the crash. He is expected to make a full recovery.

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Erin Mason was the assistant to the Holly Springs Police Chief.

“Yesterday, we lost a beloved member of our Holly Springs Police Department family. Please keep the family of Erin and Dakarai Mason in your thoughts and prayers. We ask that everyone be respectful of the family’s wishes for privacy during their time of grieving,” the police department wrote.

Crawford was a freshman at Cass High School and played on the football team. He was part of the international studies magnet program.

“Brandon Crawford was the kid that ran from the main building to the field house every day for practice because he loved it,” said Coach Steve Gates. “He was the kid that slapped his helmet out of frustration when he’d step with the wrong foot in offensive line drills because he wanted to show Coach he could do it right. He was loved by his teammates just for his eagerness to learn football and do everything right on and off the field. He left us with four A’s in his four classes. He was the perfect Colonel.”

The community has set up a GoFundMe to help with the Masons and Crawford’s funerals and the children’s medical expenses.

“We continue to ask for prayers, as we know that there is strength in numbers. Our family will undoubtedly need them in the coming days, weeks, and months as we navigate the planning of multiple funerals and in dealing with such a tragic loss. We also ask for prayers for all of the other families impacted by this terrible tragedy.”

You can contribute to the GoFundMe HERE.


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