“My world will not ever be the same without Brittany, Ayden, and Lincoln," the grieving man said.
A father is mourning the loss of his family after they were killed in a wreck on NC 109 in Davidson County. WGHP reports that the crash took place when a Toyota 4 Runner Sport Utility Vehicle was traveling south on NC 109 while a Chrysler passenger vehicle and a Chevrolet SUV were traveling north on NC 109. According to investigators, "the Toyota traveled left of center and collided head-on with the Chrysler and then struck the Chevrolet. After impact, the Toyota traveled off the road on the westbound shoulder. The Chrysler traveled off the road on the right, overturned, and caught fire. The Chevrolet also traveled off the road on the right and came to rest on the eastbound shoulder."
🚨NC-109 Crash Update🚨 Davidson County Schools confirmed two students died in the crash. https://t.co/faUge2oB4s— WFMY News 2 (@WFMY) January 7, 2023
Two people in the Chevrolet were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Toyota was taken by air to the hospital with serious injuries. The three people in the Chrysler passenger vehicle died on the scene. Two of them were minors: Lincoln was a first grader at Silver Valley Elementary and Ayden was a seventh grader from South Davidson. Dr. Emily Lipe, the superintendent of Davidson County Schools, confirmed that two of the fatalities were DCS students. “It is with heavy hearts that we learned of the loss of two of our students, a first grader from Silver Valley Elementary and a seventh grader from South Davidson, who were involved in a tragic car accident on Hwy 109 last night. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the families and friends impacted by this tragedy. Additional personnel will be on-site at both schools on Monday to provide emotional support.”
The children's father also lost his longtime love in the crash. In a heartbreaking statement, Dennis Palmer said his life will never be the same now that he lost his family. He said that “the only thing holding me together right now is the support from my family, friends, coworkers and community.”
“Brittany and the boys were my entire world. I'm a broken man today knowing that I've lost their joy and laughter forever,” he added, according to WXII 12.
"Brittany and the boys were my entire world. I'm a broken man today knowing that I've lost their joy and laughter forever. The only thing holding me together right now is the support from my family, friends, coworkers and community," Dennis Palmer wrote. https://t.co/cwEX9UERal— WFMY News 2 (@WFMY) January 10, 2023
He remembered his young children fondly saying his first grader had the biggest heart, and he always shined bright around his friends. He pointed out that "Lincoln was my little man who was larger than life in his seven years. He never met a stranger, and would often be seen high-fiving everyone and anyone that he walked past."
As for his other son "Ayden taught me so much in his twelve years. He was a beautiful soul and quiet leader. He had a quick wit, masterfully using comedy to either diffuse the situation or stoke the fire," he said. Speaking of his late 38-year-old wife he said, “Brittany was most definitely my better half and is the reason I became the man I am. Our lives revolved around our sons. Everything we did is because she made it happen."
“My world will not ever be the same without Brittany, Ayden, and Lincoln," he concluded. The grieving dad plans to focus on advocating for the critical need for safety on our roads.
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