Toddler Found Wandering After Car Crash That Killed His Father & Critically Injured His Mother

car crashThe scene police in Conroe, Texas, arrived upon early Monday morning was beyond heartbreaking. There they found a 3-year-old boy wandering around alone at the scene of  car crash. Inside the car they found the boy's father, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to KTRK, the boy and his mother were thrown from the car. While she was critically injured and is still in the hospital, the toddler somehow managed to escape with only cuts and bruises. Apparently there was a car seat in the car, but the boy had not been strapped into it. Details of what happened to cause the crash are sparse, but police believe the car somehow hit a drainage pipe on the side of the road and flipped.

And just like that, this boy's life is forever changed.

Hopefully his mother will pull through and recover, and live to raise him and see him live his life. But there's always the chance she won't, and you have to wonder if his parents had a plan in place in case of their death.

It's a scenario none of us wants to imagine, but the fact is we must. As this case, and the case of the Brooklyn parents who were killed on the way to deliver their baby (who also later died) earlier this week show us, we simply don't know when something is going to happen us. So we must be prepared.  As sobering as it is to think of leaving our children, it's even more so to think of them being placed in a situation that's against our wishes.

Whether you consult with attorney or get documentation in place with the help of a site like LegalZoom, it's important to get it done. It's one of those things that many of us mean to do, but keep putting off. Stories like this, however, remind us what can happen in the meantime ... when it's too late.

Do you have an official plan in place for what would to your children if you and your spouse both died?


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nonmember avatar Katy

Do people not use carseats anymore?

kelti... kelticmom

This may be one of those rare "miracles" in which not being strapped in saved his life. If he was stuck strapped in the car, he probably would have been dead like his father. Not advocating not using carseats, but sometimes weird things happen. My senior year, 4 kids were riding in a convertible, and it flipped. The only person that lived was the one girl not wearing her seat belt, bc she was thrown from the car. She lost an arm, but the other three lost their lives. Scary.

ViviMo ViviMo

I have a verbal agreement with my mom to take my son. And if she can't his godmother, key best friend of over 12 years, will finish raising him. It is something I've always wanted to put in writing. Its such a tragic story and such a hard thing to put in place. I hope the mom pulls through.

gabe05 gabe05

Do they know the kid didn't unbuckle himself, out of curiousity?  My three year old is in a five point harness still and perfectly capable of unbuckling himself.

savery savery

Gabe 05 ...I have a 4 yr old who does this regularly and I'm constantly having to pull over to fix it. Kids are smart...and he's too big for a seat with the buckles behind it. It is very possible for a 2-4 year old to unbuckle themselves.

Amber Marie Humphries

It's very possible that the boy probably unbuckled himself, and the father may have looked back at him because of it, then lose control of the car. Anything could've happened. Thank God the baby is okay! He was protecting him, and lots of prayers for his mother! Hope she pulls through so he will still at least have his mother to raise him.

Jenni Dyke

We already have it in our Wills

mamav... mamavaness

Nope no idea. But my 2 cousins lost both their parents in a car accident. My older cousin was 15 and broke her leg in the accident and was pretty beat up but her sister who was about 8 had no injuries, not even a scratch, it was miraculous really. They live with my grandparents now but their lives have been forever changed. Oh and a semi driver fall asleep...they were at a red light and bam he killed them.

RitzC... RitzCrackerz

Verbal agreement with my mom that she takes our daughter. (she is my foster mom) But I need to get it in writing because my biological family would try to take my daughter from my mom if my husband and I died. In which case they wouldn't allow my mom or my husbands mother to see her. (we live in Idaho and my mom is in Cali w/one of my bio siblings the rest are in Colorado). 

RitzC... RitzCrackerz

my mother n law can't take her because she is in a wheelchair and needs help herself.

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