A father who was paralysed following a crash with an alleged drink driver woke to discover his three young daughters died in the collision.
Somchai Lurak, 26, was driving with his children Aneena, 6, Kya, 5, and Drayka, 3, and fiancée Emma Weigand on August 11 when a car ploughed into the back of them at a roadworks traffic light, police say.
All three girls died from their injuries while Ms Weigand survived, suffering several fractures in the crash near Boise, Idaho, US.
Admitted to hospital, Mr Lurak soon woke to be told by his brother that he had lost his children in the horrific accident.
"We had to wait till he was less sedated to tell him that his beautiful daughters were dead. They were the sweetest girls,” brother Anthony Smock told The Sun.
Mr Lurak remains in hospital, and while his brother says he is putting on a brave face, he knows he is “devastated” inside.
"Our family have three pieces of our hearts missing forever now,” Mr Smock said.
His brother described Mr Lurak as an incomplete quadriplegic as he has feeling in his legs but can’t move. It is unclear if he will ever be able to walk again.
Mr Smock and his family now want to use his niece’s deaths as a poignant reminder to those considering drink-driving.
Ms Weigand’s mother Sharron Weigand, who treated the girls as granddaughters, told US television station 7KTVB the three children were “the sweetest girls ever”.
"They loved music, they always loved to come over to my house because my house is filled with drum sets and guitars and they were always interested in it."
The driver of the vehicle which struck the family’s car was Matthew Richard Park, whose blood-alcohol level was allegedly over the legal limit, 7KTVB reported.
He will face a jury trial in February after pleading not guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges.
If convicted, Park could spend up to 75 years in prison.
A GoFundMe has since been set up to support the family.
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