A family of seven, including five young children, died on a remote Oregon road in a head-on collision on their way to an end-of-summer vacation in Las Vegas, a family member said Wednesday.
Erika Carter Boquet, 29, was driving her 2016 Toyota 4 Runner eastbound on Oregon Highway 78 when an oncoming vehicle veered into her lane, Yahoo News reported, quoting Associated Press.
Boquet, of Tacoma, Washington, and her children Isabella, 11; Elisabeth, 8; and Tytis, 6, were killed, Boquet’s brother, Jesse Tate, said.
Another relative and her two children also perished in the Monday crash. Tate declined to name them because of the wishes of their immediate family.
“It’s a tragedy I wouldn’t wish on anyone else,” Tate, 30, of Spanaway, Washington, lamented.
Oregon State Police listed the other victims as Kyla Marie Brown, 28; Arianna Marie Brown, 10; and two-year-old Xavier King Johnson. Authorities did not provide details about the relationships between the victims.
The driver and sole occupant of the other car, 48-year-old Mark Robert Rundell, of Prairie City, Oregon, also died.
The crash happened in a remote part of Oregon about 130 miles west of the Idaho border.
Tate first learned of it from relatives who contacted him on social media. He then called his father, who told him who was involved, he said.
Boquet volunteered at a Tacoma-based nonprofit she created called Last Stop that provides resources to low-income families