3 'Precious Angels' Killed in Car Seats After Drunk Driver Slams Into Dad's Car

Aneena Lurak, Kya Lurak, Drayka Emyka Rayshell
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Three sisters in Idaho were tragically killed on Saturday, after a suspected drunk driver slammed his pickup truck into the back of their father's car, People reports. Six-year-old Aneena Lurak, 5-year-old Kya Lurak, and 3-year-old Drayka Emyka Rayshell were all strapped into their car seats at the time, but ultimately died from their injuries. Meanwhile, their father was airlifted to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition, and his fiancée, who was also in the car, is being treated for minor injuries.

  • The girls were all strapped into car seats in their dad's Dodge Neon when he stopped at a temporary traffic light Saturday morning.

    According to People, 26-year-old Somchai Ray Lee Lurak was traveling along Highway 20, just south of Bellevue, when he came upon the temporary traffic signal and slowed to a stop.

    What Somchai didn't know was that 46-year-old Matthew R. Park was also heading in the same direction at the time -- and just moments later, he plowed into the family's small sedan at a high rate of speed.

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  • According to police, it was Park who dialed 911, and told the operator that he hadn't seen the family's truck until it was too late.

    But tragically, the damage had already been done.

    Two of the girls, Aneena and Kya, died at the scene, while 3-year-old Drayka was rushed to the hospital where doctors hoped to save her. She was pronounced dead a short time later. 

    Somchai was airlifted to an area hospital with serious injuries and his fiancée, Emma Weigand, was rushed to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise to be treated for a broken arm.

  • When first responders arrived at the scene, a clearer picture of what happened came into view, when Park showed signs of intoxication.

    In fact, Park failed three different field sobriety tests, blowing breathalyzer samples of .145, .191, and .189 -- all of which exceed the state legal limit of .08.

    He later admitted to police that he'd been drinking heavily all afternoon, knocking back 12 beers between noon on Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday morning. Park also told authorities that he had visited several bars throughout the afternoon.

  • Police arrested Park and charge him two counts of felony aggravated driving under the influence and three counts of felony vehicular manslaughter.

    The 46-year-old was then taken to Blaine County Detention Center, where he still remains and is being held on a $400,000 bond. He has one prior DUI from Park City, Utah, in 2014. 

    In his initial arraignment on Monday afternoon, Park did not enter a plea, though he is scheduled to return to court again on August 22.

  • In the meantime, the Lurak family is trying to process their grief and pray for the girls' father and his fiancée. 

    A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise money to cover medical bills and funeral expenses. Incredibly, it's raised over $42,000 in just a few days.

    "[Somchai] was hit from the back by a drunk driver and broke his neck, his fiancee has a broken arm," wrote his sister Amanda on the crowdfunding page. "His precious angles did not make it."

    The girls' uncle, Anthony Smock, has also spoken out, and shared his devastation.

    "Please keep my brother and Emma in your thoughts, they have lost everything," Smock told CBS 2. "My family has lost three pieces of our hearts."

    He also took a moment to issue a heartfelt plea: "To everyone everywhere," he said. "I'm begging you. Never ever drink and drive. It’s selfish and stupid and can destroy people’s lives and families forever."

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