A Louisiana family is mourning the deaths of three siblings who died in a wreck Friday night that also killed a Georgia man driving the wrong way on an interstate countryside.
Louisiana State Troopers say a pickup truck driven by John Lundy of Dallas, Georgia, crashed into an SUV with five people inside on Interstate 49 near Whiteville north of St. Landry.
Killed were 20-year-old Lindy Rae Simmons, 14-year-old Kamryn Simmons and 16-year-old Christopher Simmons, all of Jeanerette. Lundy also died.
Billy M. Lee of Terrell, Texas, died in a separate accident on I-49 in Avoyelles Parish Friday night as a result of the incident involving the Simmons family. The 86-year-old man crashed into a stationary police vehicle that was diverting interstate traffic north of the wreckage.
Katie Simmons DeRouen told The Advocate that three of the victims of the first crash were siblings. She said her mother, Dawn Simmons, was seriously injured and hospitalized in Lafayette. She said another teenager, Christopher Simmons’ girlfriend, was also seriously injured.
DeRouen said she is the second oldest of nine siblings. She said her relative was driving home from a basketball game in Monroe that her brother played for Acadiana Christian School.
“Losing one would be tragic,” DeRouen said. “There are no words to describe the loss of all three children in the family. We all have their gifts wrapped up under the tree.”
The soldiers said Lundy was driving the wrong way in the northbound lane. The results of the toxicology study are pending and the accident is still under investigation.
DeRouen searched for donations online to pay for medical care and had raised more than $400,000 Monday night from more than 8,000 donors.
She said she had to drive to separate hospitals in Opelousas and Bunkie to identify the bodies of Kamryn and Christopher Simmons. DeRouen said she was told Lindy Simmons, who was driving, died before emergency personnel could remove her from the SUV.
“We went from our “big family of nine” to six in the blink of an eye,” DeRouen said. “I don’t know how we’re going to move on or recover from this,” DeRouen said. this.”
DeRouen said that her mother asked about the condition of her three young children, but would not be informed of their deaths until she was out of the hospital’s ICU.
https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/texas-news/three-siblings-among-5-victims-in-fatal-louisiana-wrecks/2843208/ Three siblings among 5 victims in Louisiana wreck – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth