Greg, 40, and Sarah Moyers, 39, had scraped and saved to take their daughters on a family vacation. The lovable family had driven from their small town in Missouri to Florida and visited Universal Studios and Disney World. They were headed to the beach when everything came tragically to an end, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting.
According to a report, a 2016 Ford Focus veered into their lane, forcing the family car, a 2007 Nissan, off the road and causing it to crash into a tree. The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed both parents were killed in the accident and the young girls seriously injured. The girls, Sophia, 8, and Haley, 13, were airlifted to Orlando’s Arnold Palmer Hospital for children.
The driver of the other vehicle, Charles King, 43, was not hurt in the accident. As of the time of this report, he has not been charged as the fatal crash is still being investigated. However, early reports have revealed that the accident was not alcohol-related.
The Moyers had been vacationing since Thursday, and Sunday at the beach was meant to be their last trip before they headed back to their Leadwood home in Missouri. A close friend, Loni Burnside Eaton, who described Greg and Sarah Moyers as fantastic parents and who thought the world of their kids, was still reeling in shock from the news.
“Their kids were their world. They were very involved and were supportive parents and just wanted the best for them. They wanted the girls to experience Disney and the beach. I can’t believe this really happened.”
The Moyers had lived in Leadwood for more than 20 years and were part of a close-knit community, well-known for holding cookouts and get-togethers. Greg owned a muffler shop, while Sarah worked as manager for McDonald’s. They were raising five children together, including two children adopted from Sarah’s sister.
One of the last things they posted on Facebook was a collective family photo with Buzz Lightyear at Disney World. In between tears, Eaton said she would remember Sarah and Greg as people always there to help. She admitted that the girls were not aware that their parents had died in the accident.
“They were giving people and always offering to help others…the girls don’t know what happened to them [their parents] yet. Everyone is on their way down there and that’s when they’ll tell them…it’s just devastating.
RIP to my first cousin Greg Moyers and his wife Sarah. You both will forever be in my heart.
— Matt Bates (@MattFOBates) September 26, 2016
Sarah Moyers’ step-mother, Cheryl Neeley, described the deceased couple as “the rock” that held the family together, adding that they were always on hand to help family, and held Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at their home every year. Neeley said Sarah and Greg magically connected the first time they met and fell in love.
“They just clicked when they met. They were amazing together. It’s going to leave a big void in our family and also in the community because everyone knew them and loved them.”
This is not the first time that a fun family vacation has turned deadly. In August, Melvin and Deborah Gallow organized a family vacation trip for their four children before school was to begin in the fall. The Houston family had also invited a family friend with four of her children. They were all headed to the Six Flags Fiesta in San Antonio, Texas.
They never made it.
A few hours into the trip, Deborah Gallow, who was driving, veered the SUV off the road to avoid an 18-wheeler parked on Interstate 10. The Mercury Mountaineer with 11 people inside lost a tire and somersaulted several times before stopping along the roadway.
Deborah and Melvin Gallow were killed alongside their 8-year-old son, Melvin Jr. Two daughters were put in medically induced comas because of their severe brain injuries. The oldest daughter, who was the only Gallow awake, survived with multiple fractures. The family friend and four of her children survived, but suffered injuries. A trooper who was on the scene said none of the passengers wore their seat-belts.
A witness said it was a horrifying sight, “with kids popping out of the car and strewn all over the roadway.”
Remember to say a prayer for the Moyers family.
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