Driver and Passenger Killed in Crash on I-95 South

South Carolina (November 23, 2011)  Two people were killed in a crash on I-95 south Wednesday afternoon in Clarendon County.  According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the fatal accident occurred at 12:55 near mile marker 128.

Ibtissam Ahmed Abdallah was driving a 2001 Mercury southbound when she lost control of the vehicle.  The vehicle went off the left side of the road, crashing into the metal guardrail, and causing the vehicle to overturn.  The vehicle then struck a concrete bridge support and came to rest.

The driver, 29, was fatally injured in the crash.  Marquest Thomas, a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sadly, Thomas, 27, from Plainfield, N.J., was on his way to visit relatives in Goosecreek.

Police say the driver and passenger were wearing seat belts.  Authorities closed the southbound left lane  for over two hours as they investigated the fatal accident.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the accident.

48 Thoughts on “Driver and Passenger Killed in Crash on I-95 South

  1. Tonja Lee on November 24, 2011 at 3:15 am said:

    My deepest condolences to both families and especially to the family of Marquest Thomas. He was a very respectful young man who truly loved anybody that he came in contact with. So bright and full of life. Thank you God for letting us borrow him.

    • aisha issa on November 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm said:

      Hello my name is Aisha and i’m Ibtissam’s cousin.I’d like to know more about the accident and what hospital are they? Thank u very much because we don’t have more news about it.

  2. Gayle Veney on November 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm said:

    There are NO words to express the sadness on the loss of Mark, he was an exceptional young man. I have only known him a short time and am very glad to have that time with him. Our prayers are with the entire Judkins/Thomas family. “There is no sadness Jesus can’t heal” .

  3. cecilia morales on November 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm said:

    Ibtissam Ahmed Abdallah rest in peace my friend you will be trully miss. My condolences to both families

    • aisha issa on November 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm said:

      Hi Cecilia u don’t know me but i’m Aisha , one of Ibtissam’s cousin. I want to know if u have more news about the tragedy and what will happen because we need to prepare the burial. Do u know what hospital she is with Thomas Marques ? Thank u very much !!!

  4. Deeply Saddened on November 24, 2011 at 11:04 pm said:

    I am so very sorry you and family and my heart is hurting for you. Marq was a wonderful young man and will be missed. I know you and your family are hurting and I will be praying for you all.

    Always your friend.

  5. Vivica Stokes on November 24, 2011 at 11:54 pm said:

    I can’t even begin to say how shocked I am to hear that he’s gone. We used to work together at National Car Rental’s call center in Goose Creek and became good friends. I remember when Mark brought me flowers and left them on my desk. That was a surprise. He always knew had a smile on his face…My heart goes out to his family and to Abdallah family as well. He will be missed…

    • aisha issa on November 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm said:

      Hello i’m Ibtissam’s cousin and i’ve known the tragedy this morning in France. I want to know if u have more news about the accident and what hospital she’s with her friend , it’s very important fos ur cause we don’t have enough news in France. Thank u very much otherwise u can phone me on 0033621980359. Thank u and God bless them.

      • Do You have an E mail Or FB acct… I Will inbox you as This is a public forum.. That is Why I have No names mentioned or other info.. looking forward to contacting you

        • aisha issa on November 26, 2011 at 12:26 pm said:

          i have a facebook account , u just have to write “Enichatte ISSA”. i live in Paris currently!! thank u for your message!

  6. Phyllis James on November 25, 2011 at 11:20 am said:

    What a shocker to hear about your son Les.My prayers go out to you and your family,what a tragic lost.I am so glad I had the pleasure in meeting your son. What a nice young man he will truly be missed. To the Thomas family my prayers are with you also.

    • aisha issa on November 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm said:

      Hello i’m Ibtissam’s cousin and i wanna know if you have more news about the accident and the hospital she is with Thomas Marques. Thank u very and God bless her and Thomas.

      • Garnet Batson on November 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm said:

        Aisha I am sorry for your loss. I am one of Ibtissam’s friends. Their bodies are still in South Carolina and will be brought to New Jersey over the weekend. Are you in the United States? My friends and I are in constant contact with her family. I can update you on funeral arrangements.

  7. K.Johnson on November 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm said:

    My condolences to both families. Keep everyone you know held up in prayer as love ones travel during this season.

    • Teresa Vargas on November 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm said:

      I can’t even begin to tell you the loss I feel and how my heart aches. Mark and I were very close and I am going to miss him so very much. Mark brought so much happiness to eveyone who knew him. My prayres are with all the families.

      God Bless,

  8. I. Mhadji on November 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm said:

    Ibtissam Ahmed Abdallah, is from the Comoros. As a Comorian, I am deeply touched by the lost of a sister. All my friends from the Comoros and I are sharing this sad moment and presenting our condolences to both families (ibtissam and Marquest’s family). There are no words to express the sadness of the loss of both young lovely people. This a shock to the Comorian community in the US. My prayres are with all the families. Rest in peace and God bless them.

    Idari Mhadji
    Washington DC

  9. M. Ahamada on November 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm said:

    Ibtissam Ahmed Abdallah will be missed, the family in London is in shock, may they rest in peace.

  10. Youssouf MBAE on November 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm said:

    May Allah bless our sister IBTISAM and may the Almighty Allah make her into Paradise and leave her in Peace Ameen.
    Youssouf MBAE

  11. Youssouf MBAE on November 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm said:

    My deep condoleances to IBTISAM AND HER HUSBAND Families; may the Almighty Allahu bless them and put them peacefully into his Paradise Ameen
    Youssouf MBAE

  12. Kanan Udeshi on November 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm said:

    Ibty was one of the nicest people I have ever met! She will truly be missed. It was amazing knowing her. Im going to miss you so much

  13. FAIZ Elamine on November 27, 2011 at 7:11 pm said:

    Rip Ibty. Itissam was for me a very important person, it was an excetional and sociable girl to everybady. So, i ask each of us to fargive him for quite badly that she makes to whoever it is. And i also ask everybady who knew him to pray so that she rests in peace !!

  14. I had Peace Studies honors class with Ibty at UCC and she was a fantastic girl and she will be missed. I am sorry to all who knew them for the loss of Ibty and Marquest.

  15. FAIZ Elamine on November 28, 2011 at 5:00 am said:

    May you be happy Ibtissam Ahmed and rest in peace with you husband you will rest always my best friend all my lif.

  16. Moinaecha Adam Ibouroi on November 28, 2011 at 6:09 am said:

    Je viens d’apprendre la terrible nouvelle”la mort d’Ibtissam”, je tiens à adresser mes plus sincères condoléances à sa famille. Je prends part à votre douleur et espère profondément vous transmettre un peu de courage pour surmonter cette terrible nouvelle.
    “que dieu l’accorde sa clémence, qu’elle a réserve un accueil généreux et qu’elle a purifié de toute souillure”.
    “seigneur fait-la entrée au paradis et préserve la du châtiment de la tombe et du châtiment de l’enfer AMINE”

    Moinaecha Adam Ibouroi
    Grand Comores

  17. soilihi on November 28, 2011 at 7:44 am said:

    j’ai connu ibtissam depuis son enfance, et je garde en elle, la kalité d’une jeune fille souple et intélligente. cé son inteligeance dailleurs ki lui conduit vers les les usa pour ses etudes supérieures. et quand on vient m’annoncer sa disparition j’ai pas voulu croire à cette tragerdie mé j’ai fini par accepter car c’est le bon dieu qui a voulu ké la vie de notre chere amie s’achève de cette sorte. mes condoléances à la famille d’Ibtiss de Ndrouani et de Paris et à son ptit frère Abdel. reposes-toi bien chère Ibtiss, ké la terre de l’oncle sam te sois legère , Amine.

  18. absarulislam, UCC on November 28, 2011 at 9:46 am said:

    I am extremely sad and profoundly shocked to learn that Ibty Ahmed Abdallah has been killed in the terrible car accident (May the Almighty God rest the soul in peace). I had the honor and privilege  to meet this young lady, Miss Abdallah during the last Spring semester of 2011 when I needed some help in Chemistry 105. She is not only smart, brilliant and talented  but confident and always willing to help as well.  I had seen her only few weeks before at ALC,  and I had a chance to say hello to her. She was unique. I still remember her smiling face,  and she will be missed by us. It is a great loss for the UCC community and the nation. 

    Our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.  


  19. Roukia and Abdushakur ABOUD on November 28, 2011 at 10:14 am said:

    Innalil Lahi wa Innalil Lahi Rwadjiouna — We were shocked to know about your great loss. It was very unexpected. But they say that the one who is loved the most by God, is the one who attains eternity. Ibtissam Ahmed Abdallah and her spouse Marquest Thomas will remain in our memories forever. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. To both families our prayers are with you also.

  20. julliet unegbu. on November 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm said:

    Ibty is an angel. She is always wearing a smile,that makes me wonder if she ever had any problem. My dear friend, I will miss u so much, until we meet again, rest in d bossom
    of d lord.

  21. Marie Mohamed(Larochelle) on November 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm said:

    Kalou innallilah wa inna ilaihi rajioun

    Our heartfelt condolences to all Ibtissam and Marquest family and friends.

    May God forgive them and put them peacefully into his paradise.

    May peace and God benediction be on them.

  22. yatta sarnor on November 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm said:

    May their soul rest in peace!!!! this is very sad…May God be with us!!!

  23. I met Ibtissam at UCC where we took a couple of classes together and both belonged to Psi Beta. We used to hang out and study together often one teaching the other. I would sit next to her by the tutor’s table and listen her patiently explaining the subject matter to others. We would call her Tibsi and she would respond ‘That’s not my name. My name is Ibtissam… but you can call me Ibti’ and she would smile. She will be greatly missed

  24. God Bless to those people.My heart send a thoused of ters t hear about those people. I hope they will rest in peace.

  25. mary fries on November 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm said:

    My condolences. I knew “Ibti” through her work as a tutor at Union County College. A wonderful, kind, warm and funny person.

  26. Valari Knight Logan on November 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm said:

    My condolences to the Judkins, Thomas and Abdallah families. To Les and Harvey my heart weeps for the loss you are experiencing and endure. Our families have known one another since the early 1920’s in Plainfield and while I did not personally know either Mark or Ibty, I have heard and read nothing but beautiful comments about their lives and how others felt about them. I pray everyone peace and comfort at this difficult time. Be comforted in no one but God.

  27. Michelle Bryant on November 29, 2011 at 11:19 pm said:

    Marq was such a loving, caring, kind and respectful young man. Ibti was indeed a beautiful woman with such grace. I had the pleasure of dining and dancing with them just 3 short weeks ago. My heart is so broken. I replace it with the smiles, joy and laughter I witnessed between the two of them. May GOD continue to comfort both families and all whom lives were touched by two wonderful young people.

  28. Pastor and Mrs. Robert S. Turton III on November 30, 2011 at 12:19 am said:

    One of our sons has known Marquest and informed us of the tragic passing of Marq and Ibtissam. The families and friends of these young people are in our prayers. When our teenage son Bill died unexpectedly many years ago, a friend wrote this:
    “Never too you to be with God,
    Though it be a sorrowful day
    For those on earth left alone and sad,
    To know he has goneaway.
    Never too young to be with God;
    Just a little while ago
    He came from God.
    If God calls back the Loan,
    It’s surely better so.”

  29. To both saddened families my heart goes to you.You don’t know me but i had the privilege of meeting Ibti through UCC. I overheard her speaking french one day on campus and as a foreign student and french speaking and a Muslim too we talk for a long time but also i had the privilege of meeting her even before that when i took an accounting course that i didn’t know anything about being a nursing student i was very overwhelm with the new vocabulary and needed a tutor badly as was on the verge of giving up.I came to the tutors table and everybody pointed her to be the best.She made me feel comfortable,explain the subject to me and made me understand what i was supposed to know in the most simplest manner.she was very calm,soft spoken and very intelligent,knowledgeable and very willing to help.May God receive you and your husband in paradise and forgive you for any sins you may have had.i love you and was privileged to have known you.My very deepest condolences to both families.To Aisha and the rest of her family may God gives you the courage to endure your sorrow.God bless you.RIP

  30. FAÏZ Elamine on November 30, 2011 at 7:27 am said:

    The death is nothing. She is only crossed on the other side. She is, her even. What adds us we, that we were some for the others, we are him always. She let us give the name that we had always given him. She let us speak as we had always made him. Let us not use a solemn or sad air. Let us continue to laugh at what made us laugh together… Prions, let us think of her. That his name is pronounced at home as he was him always, without bombast of no kind, without a track of shade. The life means what it always meant. It remains what it was always. The thread is not cut. Why would she be outside our thought, simply because she is outside your view? No she waits for us, she is not far just on the other side of the road, as the peace is with her BRING.

    FAIZ Elamine (Sénégal)

  31. ASMA ET CHOYB SALIME on November 30, 2011 at 10:47 am said:

    Allow us to express our condolences over the passing of Ibtissam and her husband. One always struggles to find the right words to say in situations like these. We were devastated to learn about the accident. All we can offer is our sympathy to their families.


  32. INA LILAH WA INA ILAYHI ROI DJI OUNA. C’est avec tristesse que nous avons appris le décès de notre sœur ALMARHOUM, Ibtissama. Nos pensées sont avec sa famille, ses amis, ses proches, etc.Ensemble, prions pour que Dieu, le tout puissant, le tout miséricordieux, le très miséricordieux lui ouvre les portes du paradis, In sha Allah. Amen.

    La famille Abdourahamane (Québec, Canada)

  33. I just learned about this very sad and tragic news and I still can’t believe it.
    Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to meet her, even though I’ve seen her a few times on campus. I’ve seen her just a couple of days before the break, I wished i would’ve spoken to her…life is too short and so unpredictable…I’m sill in shock!
    May God bless and may you rest in peace.
    My prayers and deepest sympathy go out to their family and friends, may His strength envelops and alleviate you during this time of sorrow and mourning.
    Je n’arrive vraiment toujours pas a y croire. Mais que Dieu la benisse, Il a appelle une ange et un ange aupres de lui.

  34. My deepest condolences to both friends and families. Even though I didn’t know them in person, but she was from my school & she was one of us. May both rest in peace.

  35. SABRATTI on December 1, 2011 at 7:11 am said:

    INA LILAH WA INA ILAYHI ROI DJI OUNA. “Rabbana afrih anlainna swabran wa thabit akdaamanaa wansurnaa maan lkawumilkafiriin.”
    Dieu gardera Ibtissam dans son paradis chalallah.
    Mes condoléances vont droit à sa famille prioritairement et à tous ceux qui l’ont conu de loin ou de près.
    Paix à son âme.
    Elle ne demande que les Duans et quiconque qui pourrait les faire pour elle sera sa ou son véritable ami.
    J’espère que tout le monde parmi nous saura être plus que son ami. Amin.
    Je penserai toujours à elle et je t’acherai de ne jamais l’oublier.

  36. Victor Damian on December 3, 2011 at 11:54 am said:

    I worked as a maintenance man of one of the community church in Plainfield,New Jersey.. At first, I never knew him,but he approached me with respect and very friendly manner,since then, every time we met he called me Sir,then I said to myself, this young guy is really good.. I liked him.. what a “down to earth attitude” very humble and very respectful.. in general, one of a kind young guy.. when I heard the news from one of the trustee of the church, I felt very sad,and wished that I would meet him again and say how much I appreciate and thankful for the kindness and great respect he showed me.. I will really miss him.. I know he will have a great the reward up there…

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