Tragedy struck recently in California in the United States, where parents of five children lost their lives when a 175-foot tall redwood tree fell onto their car. This information was revealed by the California police.
Five kids lost their parents to a tragic road accident caused by a tall redwood tree during a birthday trip
From what we learnt, the unfortunate incident occurred last Thursday when Jake Woodruff was driving in the company of his wife Jessica Woodruff, southbound on Highway 199 close to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in Del Norte County. The high patrol in the state revealed that the redwood fell on the couple's car, a 2016 Honda, where the passenger section of the car was totally crushed.
As a result, 36-year-old Jake and 45-year-old Jessica suffered severe injuries from the crash which led to their death. From the GoFundMe fundraising page, it was revealed that the parents of five were on their usual annual trip to celebrate Jessica's birthday up the coast. The deceased had left behind children identified as Chelsea, Megan, Casey, Evan and Allie.
Jake and Jessica were married for 13 years before the unfortunate road incident
The fundraising page expresses its shock over the tragic road incident that led to the death of the couple, leaving the five children with a lifetime of expenses. From what we learnt, as of Wednesday morning, 31st of March, 2020, the fundraising account on GoFundMe has recorded over $238,000.
Amanda Maffei, who happens to be the cousin to the late mother of the five children, disclosed that the couple had been together for thirteen years. According to her, GoFundMe was set up by the family because of the responsibility on older children to cater for younger ones. The age range of the children is from 8 years to 24 years.
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Parents of 5 killed when redwood tree falls on their car in California
Amanda, however, hopes that the massive turnout in the GoFundMe will help the children to know they are loved by communities and help them find inner strength in the support. The California highway patrol went on to reveal that the incident is presently under further investigation.