A DUI accident that claims the lives of family members can be devastating to those left behind, especially when the accident takes place far from home. Thanks to the generosity of complete strangers, however, a Valley Center, California family is having an easier time. The family was affected by a tragic accident caused by an alleged DUI driver in Texas, in which two of the family members died and the father was critically injured, as the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
An Austin, Texas accident left a Valley Center High School teacher fighting for his life. His daughter survived the same crash with bruising from her seatbelt. Sadly, his wife and their son did not survive the crash.
At 3:30 pm on Saturday, Guy Brasted, 41, lost control of his vehicle driving north on Research Road in Austin, Texas. He crossed the median into the southbound lane where he struck the Fiat carrying the Latulippe family head-on.
Brasted was taken to Dell Seton Hospital, where blood tests showed his blood-alcohol level to be .203, more than two and a half times the legal limit.
Latulippe suffered severe head injuries in the accident and had to have emergency surgery performed. His wife, Nancy, 38, and 14-year-old son, Jackson died in the collision. His 10-year-old daughter, Kiera, had bruising from the seatbelt.
The Austin community brought gifts to the hospital for Kiera and helped to cover lodging and travel expenses for family members coming to Austin to be with the remaining family. Members of the Austin law enforcement community donated an iPad after discovering that Kiera’s was destroyed in the crash.
Scott Latulippe teaches Media Production and Driver’s Education classes at Valley Center High School.
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