Friday, June 29, 2007

From Janine's Father

Yesterday my daughter, Janine Adams Howard and my grandson, Matthew Alma Howard, age 11 were killed in a traffic accident. There are two newspaper and one TV stories below.

Of the three other Rachel, Caleb and Ester are in the Primary Childrens Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rachel is doing the best, but has many injuries. Caleb and Esther have many serious injuries, but head injuries are the main concern at this time, and Ester is possibly brain dead. We will know more today.

Please pray for their father Ben to have the strength to get through this catastrophe. And pray for the children that the Lord's will will be done for them.

Thank You


Mom, son killed in Davis crash; 4 (really 3) injured
By Joseph M. DoughertyDeseret Morning News
LAYTON — A head-on collision claimed the lives of a Huntsville mother and son Thursday on U.S. 89 in Layton.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret Morning News
State trooper investigates head-on collision on U.S. 89 in Layton Thursday that killed two people in the car. Three children and the truck driver were injured.
The crash happened about 3:30 p.m. between 2200 North and Sunset Drive when the 25-year-old driver of a northbound pickup suddenly swerved into southbound traffic and slammed into a car carrying the Huntsville family, said Layton Sgt. John Holden. The 40-year-old woman and 11-year-old son, whose names were not released Thursday, were killed. Two children, an 8-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy, both in critical condition, were flown by Life Flight and AirMed helicopters to Primary Children's Medical Center while a 13-year-old girl was taken by ambulance to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden. She was later airlifted to Primary Children's where her condition was stabilized. The driver of the pickup, which flipped over, was conscious when he was taken by ambulance to Ogden Regional Medical Center, Holden said. Holden said it is unknown why the pickup's driver crossed into oncoming traffic. Police closed down U.S. 89 between Cherry Lane and state Route 193 while rescuers removed the victims from the scene. Firefighters pulled a firetruck in front of the crash scene. By 7:45 p.m. northbound lanes had been reopened. Thursday's crash was the second serious crash in as many days on U.S. 89. A few miles away in Fruit Heights, a semitrailer hit two vehicles Wednesday morning after its brakes failed, said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Preston Raban. "About 200 yards north of the light the semi driver discovered he had lost his brakes as he approached the red light," Raban said in an e-mail. The driver began blowing the truck's horn to alert other drivers, but the semi hit the pickup that had entered the intersection. One person was seriously injured, and two other people received minor injuries, Raban said. That crash closed the highway for three hours while crews cleaned up diesel fuel that spilled for 50 yards when the semi jackknifed and tore open its fuel tanks.

The driver was cited for failure to stop at a red light and equipment violations, Raban said.


Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for the tragic loss of your family members. I pray that you will find comfort and solice at this difficult time in your families lives.

WL in West Valley

Anonymous said...

We are so sorry to hear about this horrible accident and the death of Janine, Matthew and Esther. You guys are in our prayers every minute.
Love, Lana and Rob

Deborah said...

My love and thoughts to your family. This incident has been very close to my heart since the first announcement of the accident yesterday when I was still at work.

Just know that someone out there is thinking of you at this very moment and giving a great big heartfelt hug...

Anonymous said...

my deepest heart felt condolences to your family, i pray for all of you to find comfort at this tragic time. god bless you and yours.

Molly & Jay said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family that you might find the strength to go on during this difficult time. My heart is just aching. What a terrible, terrible loss.

MB Cameron said...

Ben and family;

We are thinking of you all every minute and sending our love and prayers. We are the survivors of an accident much like this one. We understand ... and are here for you.

MB in Layton

kate said...

We are heartbroken for you and have been praying for your family since the moment we heard. We will continue to pray for peace and comfort for all of you. Love, Caleb and Kate Wilson

Neighbors said...

Dear Ben,
We are so sorry for your loss, words cannot express the amount of sorrow! Please know that we are praying for you and for your family who we have come to love! May God bless you and we know that He welcomed Janine, Matthew, and darling Esther with open arms!
Our love and prayers,
Your neighbors,
The Wardleys, Fletchers, and McEntires

Middleton Ward Young Women said...

Dear Ben,
On behalf of the young women in our Middleton Ward, we want you to know how much our heart aches for Rachel and your family. You are an amazing family with beautiful children. You are in our prayers. We miss Rachel and want her to know how sorry we are. Love, the Young Women of Middleton Ward

Anonymous said...

Howard Family,

Please accept my sympathy for your loss. I pray for the recovery of those still in the hospital, and the souls of your family members that died.

I also want to commend you for looking beyond yourselvs at this terrible time and donating organs. My family has been saved by organ donation. You have made a tremendous gift in a time of terrible tragedy. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

My family is thinking about your family. your family is in our thoughts. We are so sorry for your loss.

Nomad No More said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. We are so sorry for your loss.

Goodrich's in Saginaw

LeAnn said...

TO the Howard's:
May God be with you! As He welcomes His children home, may He also give you the strength on earth. Ben, you give so much and I will be praying for you every day.