Two Texas siblings were reunited last Tuesday for the first time in three weeks following a tragic car accident that killed their parents and baby sister earlier this month.
The Day of the Crash
On the Saturday afternoon of April 7, Jim and Karisa Clemens were traveling down a San Angelo highway with their family of seven in-tow. They were heading home from an afternoon church service when another driver came barreling into the family’s Chevy Suburban, killing both Jim and Karisa, along with their 2-month-old daughter, Juliana.
The couple’s other four children, 8-year-old Angela, 5-year-old Zachary, 4-year-old Wyatt and 2-year-old Nicholas all survived the crash.
It’s been nearly a month since the Clemens kids became orphans, and while Nicholas was treated and released from the hospital in the days following the crash, Angie, Zachary and Wyatt were all critically injured.
Karisa’s aunt, Teresa Burrell has been the family’s point person and caretaker since the crash. She flew from her Utah home to be with the Texas siblings as they begin their transition into this new life of healing, grieving, and growing together.
“They’ve come so far,” Burrell told DallasNews.com, “but we know there’s a tough road ahead. They’re in so much pain.”