A Louisiana family is grieving after they lost three siblings in a car crash Friday night. Lindy Simmons, 20, Christopher Simmons, 17, and Kamryn Simmons, 15, were killed when 54-year-old John Lundy drove in the wrong direction on the interstate and hit their car head on.
Lindy and John Lundy were pronounced dead on the scene. Christopher and Kamryn were taken to Louisiana area hospitals where they later passed away from their injuries.
The siblings’ mother, Dawn Simmons, and Christopher’s girlfriend, Marissa, were also in the car at the time of the crash. They suffered broken ribs and a broken femur and are expected to make a full recovery.
Louisiana State Police continue to investigate the tragic crash and try to determine what happened.
According to police reports, the crash happened on Dec. 17 around 9 p.m. The family was returning from Christopher’s basketball game at Acadiana Christian School in Monroe, La. when tragedy struck. John Lundy, from Dallas, Ga. decided to drive his pickup truck down the wrong way of the I-49 in St. Landry Parish and struck the Simmons’ family head on.
Lindy Simmons was driving at the time of the crash.
Older sister, Katie DeRouen, alleges that Lundy was drunk at the time of the accident. State police are still waiting for toxicology reports for both drivers to determine if this was true.
State Trooper Thomas Gossen said that impairment is not suspected in the crash. He said, “He might have just been lost and confused.”
According to DeRouen, she learned about the crash from her father, Ray Simmons. Her mother had been taken to Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) after the crash and when DeRouen arrived she couldn’t find any of her siblings.
“We all lost it, but I still did not accept this as fact. None of my siblings were at LGMC, where my mom was, and we called every hospital we could think of to locate them. What we didn’t realize was, the hospitals that had taken them in did not know who they were, therefore their names were not showing up,” said Katie DeRouen.
She found Kamryn at Opelousas General Hospital, and Christopher at Bunkie General, both had been pronounced dead. A nurse told DeRouen, that Lindy was still on the scene because state troopers were unable to remove her body from the crushed vehicle.
Following her siblings’ deaths, DeRouen posted a heartbreaking GoFundMe page to update everyone on how her family was doing. She wrote, “Our lives our shattered. My parents lived for us. Everything they did in life was for the benefit of their children. We went from our “big family of 9 kids” to 6 kids in the blink of an eye. I don’t know how we will ever move on or recover from this.”
Because of the GoFundMe page, the Simmons family has raised over $500,000 in donations to help pay for funeral costs, medical bills and other expenses for the family. According to the page, Katie DeRouen is overwhelmed with the generosity of strangers and thankful for everyone who donated. The page’s original goal was $500,000.
A friend of the family’s posted on the page and said, “Katie is absolutely touched by the outpouring of love, affection, and kind words from so many for her parents. She is so grateful and said it truly helps knowing that so many people care so much.”
The family continues to update the page and according to the latest news, both Marissa and Dawn are out of critical condition.