Mom of 3 dies in crash on way to cheerleading competition

By Jason Colthorp - Anchor/Reporter

A mother of three was killed in a car accident over the weekend as she was on her way to her daughter's cheerleading competition.

Danette Robertson, 40, had just finished a 12-hour overnight shift Saturday as a nursing assistant when she and her son were on I-75 near Outer Drive in Lincoln Park. Her son, who was driving, hit some black ice and the car spun into a guardrail.

Police said neither Robertson or her son were wearing a seat belt. Robertson was ejected from the car and died.

"We're really going to miss her. It doesn't seem possible that this has happened," said Robertson's mother, Jo-Anne Clevenger.

Clevenger said her daughter was a dedicated mother and worked very hard to provide for her children.

"She would starve for them. She just did everything," she said.

Robertson's 15-year-old daughter, Jenna, was halfway through her cheerleading competition when she learned about the accident. Her entire Woodhaven Warriors squad left the competition to be with her at the hospital.

Family members said they have been overwhelmed and are grateful for the well wishes and donations for Robertson's funeral.

They also want Robertson's death to be a reminder about seatbelts.

"A lot of people are guilty of it. If there's anything we want people to know, it's make sure your loved ones wear their seat belts," said Robertson's brother, Darrell.

An online fund for the family has been set up here.

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