Boy, 4, orphan, loses both siblings after ‘drunk driver’ crashes head-on into family’s car
A little boy was orphaned and also lost his two siblings after a suspected drunk driver drove the wrong side of a California highway and plowed into his family’s car.
Julian Montano, 4, suffered “extensive injuries” as the lone survivor of the crash after a “drunk driver drove the wrong way” on busy I-80 in Sierra County last Saturday morning, Anthony Gonzalez, the boy’s uncle, wrote in a GoFundMe about a week after the fatal tragedy.
Julian’s parents, Brittney and Antonio Montano, both 29, both died in the crash, along with his nine-year-old sister Marianna and a five-year-old brother Antonio Jr, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. The tragedy meant that Julian lost every member of his immediate family and happened while the family was on their way to the Grand Canyon for a Thanksgiving holiday.
“Everyone is affected by this,” Gonzales told Sacramento news channel KCR.
“This is a huge loss. Four family members at the same time is too much.’
The only other survivor in the head-on crash was the alleged drunk driver, who was hospitalized, but a California Highway Patrol officer told the outlet it was too early to confirm whether the driver of the other vehicle had alcohol in his mouth. system had.
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Pictured: Julian, front left, pictured in front of his sister Marianna on the left and brother Antonio Jr on the right, with parents Antonio and Brittney Montano, both 29 years old
Of the Montano family, only four-year-old Julian survived Saturday morning’s fatal head-on car accident, who was killed by a suspected drunk driver.
Pictured: One of three cars involved in Saturday morning’s fatal crash that left Julian Montano, 4, an orphan after his parents and two siblings were killed
However, the official revealed ‘that is the assumption’ that the driver was under the influence.
‘Alcohol may have been a factor in the wrong-way driver. It’s a little too early to say, but that’s the assumption,’ Sgt. Steve Casetta of CHP’s Gold Run office said shortly after the crash.
According to Gonzalez, the Montano family was on their way to the Grand Canyon for Thanksgiving at the time of the fatal crash.
Julian is expected to make a full recovery after being taken to a hospital in Reno with injuries including a broken rib, leg and foot, his uncle wrote, while his parents and two siblings, identified by the San Juan Unified School District as Marianna and Antonio Jr, were all “immediately” killed.
“We will never be the same after this and our family is desperately trying to stay strong for Julian,” Gonzalez added to the family’s online fundraiser.
Pictured: Another angle from the fatal car accident caused by a suspected drunk driver, which occurred early Saturday morning along I-80 in Sierra County, California
A California Highway Patrolman, pictured, investigates Saturday’s deadly head-on collision that killed four people and left a four-year-old boy without his parents or siblings
KCRA reported that a witness called 911 around 4:45 a.m. Saturday morning to report a ghost driver
“We have to bury four loved ones who were taken from us way too soon, so Julian has a place to visit his mother, father and siblings.”
KCRA reported that a witness called 911 around 4:45 a.m. Saturday morning to report a ghost driver.
The crash happened minutes later at 4:47 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
Three vehicles were involved in the crash, but all four people were killed in the Montanto’s vehicle.
The driver of the third car involved in the accident suffered only minor injuries.
Gonzalez told KCRA that at the time of the crash, Julian was in his car seat and not in anyone’s arms, as previously reported by the CHP.
Pictured: A gory airbag in the Montano’s family vehicle, which was hit head-on by what police call a drunk driver, killing everyone but a four-year-old boy
Antonio Montano and wife Brittney were ‘instantly’ murdered along with two of their three young children
The California Highway Patrol said Monday they are still investigating that claim.
Gonzalez and his wife, Michelle, now have plans to adopt Julian while the family plans to bury the boy’s parents and siblings.
“We’re going to do this step by step. We’re going to get him into therapy, and we’ll all get through this together,” Anthony said.
“We want to have all four buried so Julian can visit his family whenever he wants, whenever he wants,” he added.
“I’m going to get it because they were taken too early.”
A GoFundMe launched three days ago titled “Remembering the Montabo’s” has already raised $84,834 from a $30,000 goal.
Meanwhile, the driver suspected of having traveled under the influence is in hospital, and authorities are likely to be prosecuted in the coming days.