A woman and her three-year-old daughter were killed in a single-vehicle automobile accident, but her three other kids survived and were hospitalized with severe injuries.
Angela Sippel, 40, was traveling with her kids in Bradford County, Fla., when their vehicles collided on Saturday morning.
On Saturday, March 4th, the four Sippel children Niyah (10), Joslyn (7), Jude (5), and Eden (3)—were driving with their mother, Angela, to visit family in Gainesville, Angela’s mother, Susan Goodrich, wrote on a GoFundMe page put up to help the family.
At about 10:45, they were in a terrible accident that killed Angela and Eden, Goodrich added. The other kids were taken to the hospital in serious condition, but they are expected to live and are progressing.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the collision happened that morning when the car veered off the road and into a ditch for “unknown reasons,” according to a press release. The vehicle then got airborne, flying across a short field before crashing into a building.
While the police initially said that the mother and the kids were not wearing seatbelts, they have later discovered that the adult female was also not wearing a seatbelt.
All five passengers were thrown from the car at different times during the incident, according to an FHP official.
The children’s aunt, Molly Sippel, told that they had no clue what drove Angela to veer off the road.
She expressed that her heart was breaking. It’s difficult to imagine what they’re all going through. It just seems like a nightmare.
Goodrich told that Joslyn had a fractured foot and some lacerations, while Jude, 5, shattered his orbital bone.
The children’s aunt informed them that the collision shattered Niyah’s legs and right arm.
The family reported that Niyah, who has already had three operations, has a very long road ahead of her, but is making gradual gains in a series of updates on the GoFundMe page, which has received more than $80,000 as of Wednesday.
Still, the family said on Tuesday that they would soon meet with doctors to talk about possible release dates for the younger kids.
It’s a wonder they survived the accident and have made it this far. They are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support for this young family, the Sippel and Goodrich families said in a statement. In a separate post, the families expressed gratitude to the first responders for all they did on the site to give the kids the greatest opportunity for a complete recovery.
The outpouring of love and support for this young family has humbled them, as they wrote over the weekend. They appreciate ones continuous prayers and thoughts.