ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Two children involved in a deadly car crash in Mustang Ridge last week are now out of the hospital. Their uncle is now helping prepare a home for four children who lost their parents.
“Ease as much as their pain as we can, the healing process is going to be very long,” said Albert Sanchez.
The sound of rakes and leaves fill a yard in Round Rock. The family prepares for a welcome home, to a new home.
“They’re almost starting a new life without their mom and their dad and so we want to make it as welcome, and as inviting and comfortable,” said Albert.
Albert lost two of his nephews to a car crash last week, 4-year-old Nathan and 14-year-old Jorge. Their mother Mireya Esquivel, her husband Antonio, and the kids’ grandmother Maria Carranza, also lost their lives in that SUV.
Work continues for the four children who did survive. A ramp is being built at their grandfather’s house, where they’ll now live. Albert says 9-year-old Santos is out of the hospital and will be in a wheelchair for about six weeks.
“To have a normal life, which is going to be hard without their mom and dad, but we just want to make it as easy as we can on them,” said Albert.
It won’t be easy waiting for the rest of the kids to come home. Albert says doctors tell him 2-year-old Junior will be paralyzed from the waist down. He’s still in critical condition, along with his 5-year-old sister Blanca. They’re faces this tight-knit family is thankful they get to see once again.
Three-year-old Choche is also out of the hospital. Albert says he only suffered some scrapes and bruises.
Mustang Ridge police believe a tire on the SUV blew out while the family traveled down State Highway 130, where the speed limit is 85 miles per hour. The car ended up on its roof in the median.
If you’re interested in donating to the family, they have a go-fund-me account set up.