Three young siblings were killed in a devastating car crash caused by a suspected intoxicated driver.
15-year-old Kamryn Simmons, 17-year-old Christopher Simmons, and 20-year-old Lindy Simmons from Jeanerette, Louisiana, succumbed to their injuries after a December 17 car crash that took place on Interstate 49.
As the victims’ heartbroken family has since explained in a GoFundMe post, the three siblings were on their way back from a baseball game together with their mom, 57-year-old Dawn, and Christopher’s girlfriend, 16-year-old Marissa, when 54-year-old John Lundy from Dallas, Georgia, slammed into the family’s car with his SUV while driving in the wrong direction.
Following the head-on collision, the three siblings and the SUV driver were declared dead after succumbing to their injuries. Dawn and Marissa sustained serious injuries but are now in stable condition and expected to make a recovery.
While the police have yet to reveal whether the man was driving under influence or not, the victims’ family insists that he was “intoxicated.”
“I don’t know how to start or where to begin. Their Christmas gifts are still wrapped under the tree waiting for them. Our lives are shattered,” Katie DeRouen, the siblings’ older sister, said in a tear-jerking tribute to her brother and sisters.
Katie also recalled the time she and her father struggled to find out which hospital the family was taken to after the crash because the siblings were not identified by the police.
After finally finding out where Kamryn was taken and getting to the hospital, more terrible news followed.
“I expected to walk into one of my siblings in the hospital bed, bruised and banged up, but alive. We eventually were led to the room where they unzipped my sweet baby sister’s body bag and revealed to me her perfect face,” DeRouen added.
Katie was then told that her brother, Christopher, was taken to another hospital. Sadly, the sister was told he had already passed away by the time she arrived at the hospital. She was also informed that the first responders were still struggling to retrieve her other sister’s body from the wreckage.
“And just like that, we went from one sibling [who] didn’t make it, to all three of them not making it,” Katie recalled.
“I have never, in my life, experienced more pain than in that moment. Everyone at the hospital was so kind, but nothing took away the pain that was bruising in my heart. The three babies of the family are gone.
“We went from our ‘big family of nine kids’ to six kids in the blink of an eye. I don’t know how we will ever move on or recover from this.
“We are crushed. We are empty. We are devastated. We are in disbelief. We are hurting. We don’t know how we will ever find joy in anything again.”
Our thoughts are with the Simmons family during these challenging times.
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