Woman gives birth after Collin County pileup that killed her parents and two Anna teenagers
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Updated at six p.m. Wednesday with extra information on the victims.
Two Anna teenagers died in a Collin County pileup Tuesday that also hospitalized a mother and her baby, who was delivered after the crash, family members say.
Abigail Kendall and Brianna Gesino, both 15, were among four people who died in the crash on State Highway 121, state troopers said. One was enrolled at Anna High School, and the other was a former student there. The teenagers were co-workers at a local Italian restaurant.
“We are begging for all the victims and their families in this accident and for a total recovery for the others involved,” Anna ISD officials said in a written statement.
According to Abigail’s social media, she loved music. Her stepmother, Kari Stockton Kendall, collective a movie of Abigail singing with the caption, “Her beautiful voice.”
Abigail’s funeral will be at two p.m. Monday at Anna High School.
Two accounts have been opened at the Anna branch of Texas Starlet Bank: one to help pay for the funeral expenses for Brianna and another in Abigail’s name to aid the Anna High School Band. Donations also can be made at Joe’s Italian Bistro, where Brianna and Abigail worked.
“They were very joyful people, total of life, always smiling,” said Cindy Garcia, a co-worker of Brianna and Abigail at Joe’s.
Two more Anna High students — Kenney and Zoe Wilson, who was driving the car the teenagers were in — were injured in the crash east of the town of Westminster.
Kenney and Zoe, both 16, were taken to Medical City McKinney.
Anna ISD is grieving the loss of two youthful lives, as tragedy struck the Anna community yesterday. One of our Anna High.
Also killed in the crash were Julie Trimble and her spouse, Wayne Trimble, both 51. The duo were from Ivanhoe in Fannin County.
Their 24-year-old daughter, Heather Trimble, was driving. She was taken to Medical City Plano, and her 4-year-old daughter, Matilda, was flown to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, the family said.
According to a GoFundMe page, Heather Trimble was eight months pregnant, and her baby, Hadley, was born after the crash. Both were on ventilators.
Brandy Godwin, who created the fundraising page, said the 4-year-old is “doing superb,” but her mother suffered several violated bones in her gams, as well as “bleeding in the head.”
“She will have a long road of recovery ahead of her,” Godwin said. “Please plead Heather and Hadley pull through and are stronger than ever!”
The chain-reaction crash was set off when the teenagers’ car slowed all of a sudden on northbound Highway one hundred twenty one and was struck from behind by a pickup, said Lt. Lonny Haschel of the Department of Public Safety.
The three people in the pickup — Anne Spann, 45, Christopher B. Spann, 42, and Christopher A. Spann, fourteen — were taken to Medical City McKinney with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.
Authorities have not released information about what led to the accident, but KTVT-TV (Channel 11), reported the car was slowing down to turn left.
The crash on State Highway one hundred twenty one near Westminster, about fifty miles northeast of Dallas, involved five vehicles
The teenagers’ car spun into oncoming traffic where it was hit by the car carrying the Trimble family. That southbound car then veered into the northbound lane and was struck by a utility truck, he said.
The driver of the utility truck, 62-year-old Billy Vanhoose, was taken by air ambulance to Medical City Plano with serious injuries.
Another southbound vehicle hit the teenagers’ car as it spun in the roadway, and its driver, Emrie Morris, 17, also suffered serious injuries, Haschel said.
Staff writer Eline de Bruijn contributed to this report.