July 15, 2018 10:50 PM
Three people are dead after a motor vehicle accident in Goodhue County Saturday.
According to the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened at about 11:45 a.m. Saturday on County Road 18, near Miesville.
The Goodhue County Sheriff's Office and the State Patrol are investigating a two-vehicle accident. The two drivers were transported to hospitals with injuries; one by air and one by ambulance.
Three passengers were deceased at the scene. On Sunday, family members confirmed the three people who died as Stacy Lande, 47, Zachary Johnson, 8, and Taylor Johnson, 5. Lande was the children's grandmother.
The sheriff's office has yet to confirm.
Jeremy McDeid, Stacy's brother, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the two boys meant everything to his sister, who he said was a doting and loving grandmother.
"Oh, she loved them like they were her own," McDeid said. "I mean they were her world."
McDeid said Saturday's terrible loss is now magnified by the fact the mother of the young boys, 23-year-old Marya Christiansen, died two years ago when her car flipped into the Mississippi River.
"To have Marya gone, and now to lose my sister and the two little ones, I was not even sure how to respond because it has not yet sunk in and all you can do is lean on family and friends to get through it."
McDeid said the family is reaching out to the public for help because Zachary and Taylor's dad lost the mother of his two sons, his own mother has died and his only sons, in the span of two years, have died in two separate accidents.
"She [the boys' grandmother] had to be the one to bring them to their mom," McDeid said. "I knew that and the only peace I have is that they are together and knowing they are with their mom."
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help the father of the boys pay for funeral expenses.
Tommy Wiita/Jay Kolls
Updated: July 15, 2018 10:50 PM
Created: July 14, 2018 10:37 PM
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