Siblings killed by alleged drunk driver at birthday party identified by family

The young siblings killed last weekend when a suspected drunk driver drove through a child’s birthday party in Michigan were identified Sunday as 8-year-old Lana and 5-year-old Zane, devastated relatives said. That’s what it means.

Photos of adorable siblings and their mother, as well as the eldest sibling who remains in critical condition, have been released a day after a fatal crash at Swan Creek Boat Club that injured more than a dozen people.

“My sister and her family lost two babies to a drunk driver in Monroe, Michigan on April 20th. Their mother (Mariah) and oldest brother (Jaden) remain in critical condition at this time. ” Diane Harrington wrote on a GoFundMe page where her brother was identified and a photo was posted.

A photo of the family was released by loved ones on Sunday. gofundme

“The funds raised will help provide a proper funeral and burial for Lana, 8, and Zane, 5.”

The remaining money will be used for housing and medical expenses, the family said.

The GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $100,000 since it started early Sunday.

The nightmare turned into a nightmare when a 66-year-old woman, who has not been identified, drove her SUV through a rowing club where children and their parents gathered around 3 p.m., authorities said.

Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnow said first responders described the scene as “very chaotic.”

Flowers were left at the scene where a suspected drunk driver crashed through a wall at the Swan Boat Club on Sunday, April 21, 2024.
Flowers were left at the scene where a suspected drunk driver crashed through a wall at the Swan Boat Club on Sunday, April 21, 2024. Mandy Wright / USA TODAY NETWORK

Three children and six adults were taken by helicopter or ambulance to area hospitals. In all, 15 people were injured.

The driver was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence causing death, and could face other charges. WTVG reported.

Lana and Zane attend Bob Sheen Elementary School, and Jaden attends Simpson Middle School at Flat Rock Community Schools.

Schools Superintendent Andrew Brody called the incident “senseless.” A message to the school community.

“Our entire school community is shaken by this devastating news, and our hearts aches for the families and loved ones of those affected by this unimaginable tragedy. In words we “We cannot adequately express the depth of our grief, nor can we ease the pain of those who are grieving,” Brody said.

“Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this incredibly difficult time.”