“They were my motivation and my purpose and I’ll just have to find a way.”
A father from Philadelphia is grieving the loss of his wife and twin daughters, who were killed when a driver on I-495 in Delaware came the wrong way and struck their car. On November 30, 2022, David's wife, Renee Dorsey, and their 14-year-old twin daughters, Parker and June, were in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and this trip was tradition the three of them had, to mark Renee's mother's death anniversary.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” David Dorsey told NBC10. “They were my best friends. They were my motivation and my purpose and I’ll just have to find a way.”
Around 11:30 p.m. on November 30, Renee was traveling north on I-495 in Delaware in her 2020 Toyota Tacoma, accompanied by Parker and June. At the same time, a 2004 Ford F-150 driven by a 48-year-old Maryland resident from Elkton was traveling south in the left northbound lane of I-495 close to Route 13, according to police. Investigators claim that the man continued to travel in the wrong direction and slammed into Renee's car head-on.
Renee, her identical twin daughters, and the other car's driver were all killed in the collision on the spot. The man's name and the circumstances surrounding the reason hhe drove in the wrong direction have not been revealed by the police yet.
David Dorsey is now attempting to deal with the tremendous loss while officials continue their investigation. “They normally would spend a night at the hotel,” David said. “But Parker and June didn’t want to miss school on a Thursday so they decided to make the trip home. And that’s when the accident happened. Going forward I don’t know what life looks like,” he said. “My whole life was being a father and a husband.”
David first met Renee at Drexel University and the two soon fell in love. He calls his wife a "social butterfly" and "super-mom." “Everyone that she met loved her instantly and she made fast friends with everyone,” he said.
David, speaking about his children, said that despite being identical, his daughters were very different. June was active and passionate about ice hockey, whereas Parker was creative and musical. “Their relationship was one that even I didn’t fathom,” David said. “They had their own language.”
June's hockey team paid tribute to the twins and the mother through a post shared on social media. The team posted on Facebook, writing, “June was an active participant with Snider and a proud member of the Snider Girls 14U team this season. She will be remembered as a great teammate and a joy to have at the rink both on and off the ice.”
Parker attended the Palumbo Academy, while June attended Central High School. Like their parents, their desire was also to pursue engineering studies. David is still dealing with the void, but he is finding solace in his family's memories, along with the support he is receiving from his loved ones. “It just makes me happy to know that my daughters touched so many lives and I know Renee touched so many people,” he said.
The Delaware State Police is still investigating into the crash, and has requested anyone with any information to reach out to Master Corporal Breen at 302-365-8486.People can also submit information to the Delaware Crime Stoppers by visiting the website or calling 1-800-TIP-3333.
Cover Image Source: (L) Facebook | Renee Dorsey ; (R) Facebook | David Dorsey