Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Mother killed in suspected DUI crash after visiting her newborn twins

Mother killed in suspected DUI crash after visiting her newborn twins

Katie Evans was driving home to Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, on Friday night when she was hit by a driver who crossed over the median, according to her family's YouCaring page. "It was pretty mangled". Katie was driving home after visiting Sarah and Hannah in the hospital, a thing she has been doing every day since they were born, when her vehicle was hit dead-on and she died.

"Jacob called us during the night and said, 'I'm really anxious my wife never made it home from the hospital last night, ' " Caralee says.

"Caralee, Evans" sister-in-law, told People that Evans' husband Jacob became increasingly concerned that night when he could not get in touch with his wife. When Katie didn't come home at the time she usually does her husband Jacob called his sister-in-law Caralee anxious about her. Katie left behind six children, Spencer, 12, Nathaniel, 11, Gideon, 2, and the two newly born twins Hannah and Sarah. I have four days off a week and would love to spend my time off helping!' she wrote. The crash happened shortly before midnight in the area of Golden Valley and Soledad Canyon roads, according to officials from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. The 37-year-old mother of six was hit head-on after another vehicle lost control. The spokesperson says alcohol is believed to have played a role in the crash and the driver will be arrested once it is determined she was under the influence. Evans was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jacob's brother, Michael, says Jacob and the couple's four sons - the eldest of which has special needs - are coping the best way they can.

She was said to be a devoted mother and was thrilled when the twins, who both weighed only around 2 lbs.at birth, were thriving after having been born at 25 weeks into the pregnancy.

Caralee says Evans visited her little ones almost every day, and a photo showed the proud mom smiling wide as she held the tiny girls. "They were not expected to survive at all", Caralee tells PEOPLE.

The family started a You Caring page, accepting donations to help Jacob Evans - now a single father raising six kids - care for the family. the initial donation goal was $100,000, but after an outpouring of support, the family has already received over $222,000.

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