Woman & 4 Kids Die in Car Crash as Husband Watches & Tries to Save Them

Can you think of a worse nightmare in life than watching the people you love most on earth suffer? A 29-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, was driving her Ford Expedition last night in California with her four children -- 1- and 3-year-old boys and 6- and 11-year old girls -- when she collided with another car whose driver had reportedly failed to stop at a red light. The woman's husband, who is also the father of her children, was traveling behind them in a separate car. When his wife's vehicle was thrown into a nearby front yard, where it erupted into flames, he desperately tried to save his family by breaking the car windows to free them -- but, sadly, he was unable to help them and was forced to watch as his wife and four children died.

The husband and wife had been traveling in separate cars because they were on their way to pick up a fifth child -- no word yet on whether he or she is their own or a relative. After the crash, the wife tried to escape the car, but she and her children became trapped inside of it. According to witness reports, the husband, who suffered mild burns on his hands, was in such a state of shock he had to be pulled off the burning SUV.

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Even though it has been reported that Juana Martinez Bejarano, the driver of the car that crashed into the SUV, had a previous DUI conviction and may have been on medication at the time of the fatal crash, there is no evidence at this time that either drugs of alcohol had anything to do with the horrific accident. Police say both cars were driving near the 60 mph speed limit.

What a horrible and sad story. I can't imagine how this dad spent the night, or how long it's going to take to wrap his mind around the tragic event that unfolded before his eyes. I hope he can find some peace at this time and our hearts go out to the wife and four little ones who suffered this fate.

What are your thoughts on the details of this tragic story?

 

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britt... brittneyleigh88

So fucking horrible. I can't imagine and don't want to.

nonmember avatar Lanisha Thomas

I cant believe that it happen omg my heart goes out to the father I knw he is gonna have nightmares about I wouldnt be able to bare his pain so so so sad!

nonmember avatar gail

This is truly a sad story. I am praying for the husband and father for such a loss.

nonmember avatar Mishy

So terribly sad for the father. My prayers go out to him.

If alcohol or drugs are involved - shame on the other driver! I hope you're tortured daily with thought of what you did to this family.

elzin... elzingah36

I'm almost speechless...I can't seem to wrap my head around how I'd feel or react for that matter. This poor man,my thoughts and prayers are with him and family. Imo,he'll p probably never recover.

nonmember avatar Natalie

I just can't wrap my mind around this that has happened. I can't imagine what this man must possibly be going through!

Sheena Jones

I believe if you get even ONE DUI you should lose your privilege to drive forever. I am sorry there is NO excuse ever to get behind the wheel of a car drunk. My little sister was almost killed in an accident where her father was 3x's over the limit and put her in the back seat of his truck without a carseat. She was 5 I believe. He flipped off the Suncoast parkway in Tampa doing about 100 mph. She was ejected from the vehicle. She spent 6 months in the hospital recovering and then another 6 months with me in my foster home before the state RETURNED her TO HIM!!! You right to drive ends where my right to safely transport my children begin. We need stricter penalties for those who choose to get behind the wheel imparied. I don't even drive if I am starting new meds because I want to see how it will affect me first.

heath... heather_c

So sad!  I can't imagine what it would be like to lose your entire life in an instant like that.  I always feel terrible for people who lose a loved one, but grateful that they have a spouse or children left to help them through.  This, losing everyone like that is just unimaginable.  The grief must be overwhelming.  I hope that he has other family and friends and a support system that can help him get through this terrible time.  My heart and prayers go out to him.  If the other driver was impaired, I hope that she is punished to the full extent of the law and can feel even a shred of the pain that this poor man is going through. 

hopea... hopealways4019

We have no control over..when sorrow unexpectedly enters our life. But how we handle these unexpected turn of events. Is how we are defined. If your a religious person.. Than u must know that god will see u through this. He did for me. Rip angels

terpmama terpmama

Unless that fifth child was mine (this article didn't say if it was theirs or not)... I'd have to be on suicide watch and heavily medicated.

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