Katie Evans, a 37-year-old Santa Clarita woman, lost her life in a suspected DUI crash on Friday night. According to the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, the mother of six, who also recently gave birth to twin daughters, was returning home after visiting her prematurely-born babies when the car in which Katie was traveling collided head-on with another vehicle. Preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident was driving under influence.
The accident took place near the area of Golden Valley Road and Valley Center Drive. Initial reports say that the vehicle that struck her first sideswiped another car before colliding head-on with her car. This was confirmed later by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Sgt. Dan Dantice, who was quoted saying the following to local reporters.
“She sideswiped one car and then hit the other one head on. They found alcohol containers in the vehicle.”
According to Sergeant Dantice, Katie was less than a mile away from her home when the unfortunate accident happened. The occupant of the third car involved in the accident escaped unhurt. A 22-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the fatal crash. She has been booked on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI and was later released pending further charges. Police also found several alcohol containers from her car.
Meanwhile, Katie’s friends and family set up a fundraiser page for her on YouCaring, where they managed to raise more than $150,000 in short time span. The YouCaring page describes Katie as a doting mother to all her six children.
“Katie couldn’t go a day without visiting her brand-new twin girls in the hospital. She was a devoted mother, sister, and wife and will be immensely missed,” an excerpt from the page read.
Her newborn twin daughters were named Hannah and Sarah, and were just 8 weeks old when Katie lost her life. Her other children are all between the ages of 2 and 12. While the initial plan was to raise $100,000, the family decided to raise it to $200,000, considering the fact that Katie’s husband Jacob is now left with the task of taking care of all their six kids. After the tremendous outpouring of support, the family thanked all the donors for their contributions.
“Jacob and family are incredibly grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support and love.”
The same update also confirmed that both her babies are doing very well in the hospital and that they would be ready to go home in about four to six weeks.
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