A San Francisco family was involved in a deadly Thanksgiving weekend car accident according to a report from KGO-TV. The family was coming back from their Thanksgiving celebrations in the East Bay when their Prius collided head-on with a mini-van on Highway 50 near Placerville.
The accident killed the 38-year-old San Francisco man, his 39-year-old wife and his 8-year-old son. The 10-year-old daughter survived the crash with only minor injuries. Family members say that the father was an iron worker who had emigrated from China two decades ago.
“They’ve always been a very, very loving family,” the deceased man’s niece said. “We’re still trying to see what to do and how to kind of cope with our emotions.”
The family was coming back from celebrating Thanksgiving with extended family members. These family members say that they will now raise the surviving 10-year-old daughter who was released from the hospital into their care.
It is unclear why the two cars collided, but authorities say that the Prius is the vehicle that crossed into oncoming traffic. An injured deer was also found in the roadway after the crash but it is unclear whether it caused the Prius to lose control.
A four-year-old in the mini-van was also killed. The child’s parents, of Pollock Pines, suffered minor injuries and their 1-year-old twin boys were uninjured.
News accounts also differ as to the residence of the family in the Prius. ABC News reports them as San Francisco residents but the Mercury News reports say that they lived in Oakland.
Source: KGO-TV, “Three members of Bay Area family killed in crash,” Vic Lee, Nov. 27, 2012