‘We’re trying to cope’: Family mourns after deadly Bastrop County crash

Bastrop County

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The brother of three siblings who were killed in a Bastrop County car crash Friday said his mother is struggling to cope with the loss. 

The accident on State Highway 21 sent Pam Williams to an Austin hospital, while her children, Tiffany Williams, 17, Michael Williams,15, and Dani Williams, 12, died at the scene. Family friend Peyton Irwin, 19, also died.

Jeremy Bowens said:

“The first thing she asked was ‘Where’s Dani, where are my babies, where’s Mikey,’ and it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, was tell her.” 

Bowens said he received a call around 3 a.m. Saturday from his sister, who the family was planning to visit in San Antonio. She told him what had happened and wasn’t sure where their mom was. 

After calling around to Austin hospitals, they located her at Dell Seton Medical Center. 

Bowens is one of six children in the family. He said they often got together and loved spending time with each other.

“It was just fun to be around each other, we loved each other. It was a close-knit family,” he said. 

Surveillance video captured from a nearby store shows the moment of impact.

The victim’s car is waiting to make a turn off of SH 21, when a Ford F-150 rear-ends it.

Officials said the truck was traveling 58 miles per hour five seconds before impact — the speed limit is 60. But they also said the brakes were not applied until .6 seconds before the crash, indicating the driver may have been distracted.

DPS said it’ll be up to a grand jury to decide whether to bring charges against the driver who hit them. Each day of the week students in Huntsville are wearing a different color to school to honor the victims, ending with rainbow colors on Friday. 

A GoFundMe has already raised more than $30,000 to help the family.

“We’re trying to cope, the community has been really good,” Bowens said. “With the love and the support, they’re really trying to take as much of the load off as possible.”

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